Stories tagged human performance

Bolting for gold: Jamaica's Usain Bolt (yellow jersey) became a two-time 100-meter gold medalist in the Olympics Sunday. How much has the winning 100 meter time decreased over the 116-year history of the Olympics?
Bolting for gold: Jamaica's Usain Bolt (yellow jersey) became a two-time 100-meter gold medalist in the Olympics Sunday. How much has the winning 100 meter time decreased over the 116-year history of the Olympics?Courtesy Eckhard Pecher
Each Olympics, one of the marquee moments is the men's 100-meter dash finals. Who will be crowned the fastest man on the planet? Did you watch Usain Bolt's gold-medal run Sunday night? Check this New York Times interactive display that "charts" a race between all Olympic 100-meter medalists over the past 116 years. How much has one of the ultimate human performance measures improved over that time? What factors have made humans get so much faster over that time?