New research shows the fastest a human 100m sprinter can run is: 9.27. 

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt has redefined the limits of sprinting in recent years, lowering the 100-meter world record to 9.58 seconds actually, 9.572, but the rules require rounding up). This hasn’t ended the debate: How fast can a human run? In fact, it might have increased such speculation.

Most prior estimates have involved simple mathematical extensions of the world record improvement rate for 100 meters. However, Australian physiologist and coach Jeremy Richmond takes a different approach in the IAAF’s “New Studies in Athletics.” He looks at known observations and physical reaction times to predict the ultimate human running speed for 100 meters.

His answer: 9.27 seconds.

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