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Is the Fastest Human Ever Already Alive?

It may not be Usain Bolt — but scientists believe we're reaching the limits of speed. (And yes, they're accounting for PEDs.)

Originally Published: July 12, 2011
By Chuck Klosterman

Allow me to spare you the hyperbole: Usain Bolt is fast.

He is, as far as we can tell, the fastest human who's ever lived — in 2009, at a race in Berlin, he ran the 100-meter dash is 9.58 seconds. This translates to an average speed of just over 23 mph (with a top speed closer to 30 mph). His '09 performance in Germany was .11 quicker than the 9.69 he ran at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the fattest chunk ever taken off a world record at that distance. Considering the unadulterated ...

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