The men's 100-meter dash is usually the most anticipated event of every Summer Olympics, and this time around should be no different. American record holder Tyson Gay will face off against Jamaica's Asafa Powell and Usain Bolt, the former and current world record holders, respectively. The three men have run the three fastest 100 times in history, all within the last 11 months.
Bolt snatched the world record away from Powell this past May in a meet in New York, running a blazing 9.72.
I decided to carry around a stopwatch today to see what I could get done in 9.72 seconds. Once I found out that I'm incapable of doing anything in 9.72 seconds, I instead decided to time how long it took me to do various things throughout my day:
- 83.41 seconds: Driving 100 meters on the DC Beltway
- 51.98 seconds: Choosing between getting Apple Jacks or Cocoa Krispies at grocery store
- 10.23 seconds: Tying my left shoe
Hell, it took me over a minute to watch a video of Usain Bolt running the 100 meter dash in 9.72 seconds. These guys are speedy.