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Watching elite runners in any form is straight up mesmerizing to me. During a marathon, they look like they’re gracefully gliding across the concrete—when really, they’re somehow maintaining a sub six-minute per mile pace for 26.2 miles. And that’s just distance runners. Catch a sprinter smashing a speed record and they look like they could keep up with a car chase.
The current fastest human in the world is Usain Bolt, who can run at nearly 28 miles per hour—some streets have lower speed limits than that! Bolt holds the record for the 100-meter sprint, clocking in at 9.58 seconds, reports BBC. Christian Coleman, however, broke a world record earlier this year for the 60-meter dash, coming in hot at 6.37 seconds, and some argue he’s now worthy of the fastest title.
And for the ladies, Florence Griffith-Joyner has the fastest 100-meter at 10.49 seconds, according to the IAAF. That's 22 MPH!
No matter who holds the top spot, whenever I see these outlandishly fast humans, one word comes to mind: how? How can a human be so damn speedy?