27th June 2006 - 02:14 AM
I am no genius, but there are alot of factors that are really obvious.
Firstly, we have not seen the fastest humans yet. I am sure there is are thousands of people who are considerably faster then the fastest athletes of today.
Many of them don't care to show their true speed, have never really tried. Or have never taken their gift seriously enough to find their full potential (like star athletes).
Anyway, I do think that 8 seconds will be about the max a "real human" will perform. This human will be the freak accident, that guy with the perfect build, that finds himself in the perfect situation, with the right "documenting equipment". And just really goes for broke. But I won't be surprised when it happens. I would be surprised if it happened twice in 1,000 years. But then again, I really can't say what better nutrition, air, and exercise can do for humans in the next 200 years (Which is why I think 8 seconds is pretty possible possible.)
But basically the factors are as follows.
The guy is gonna reach a point where his leg weighs x amount. And for his muscle to move his leg 100 meters in 8 seconds, it will require that his muscle fibers, bones, and tendon's be exceedingly stronger and well constructed. Because they will have to move an ever increasing amount of x. There comes a point where no matter how strong and fit his muscles are, they need to be bigger to move faster, at which point they are too big to move 100 meters in 8 seconds.
It will also require that his nerves are capable of sending information to his brain just a little faster then average. And that his lungs absorb more oxygen, while his body makes more efficient use of it.
He will have to have good weather conditions, the right mind set, good balance, the perfect placement of his feet and alot of explosiveness.
At the end of the day, it just comes down to when a guy with the right combination of these (and more) qualities decides to kick it up a notch and show the world what he is made of. (Or she, but a woman running that fast may not qualify as female?)
Anyways after that guy finishes, he will probobly leave the race with pretty torn up muscles and have a hard time walking for a few days. Much faster and people will start tearing muscles off their bones.
I dunno what the limits would be with performance enhancing drugs, genetic manipulation, implants. Honestly, within a couple hundred years we will achieve alot. And if you take the time to research some of the amazing qualities that other lifeforms here on earth take for granted.
Look at the cat or rabit you tried to chase or how fast a humming bird beats it wings.
Size makes the big differance, but in 200 years, I think technology will exist that allows humans to have super light, super strong bio-mechanical leg implants.
Look at cheetas? ;p
I am done yappin now ;p