The Olympic Evolution Of The World's Fastest Men

Tyler Durden's picture

With 40 minutes trading left, stock trading volume is so abysmal (we will present the final tally shortly) one would be forgiven to think that not even the Knight algo is giving today's stock levitation the old plunge protection college try. And as warned yesterday, expect the balance of the week to be just as lethargic - meaning banks will have no choice but to take out even more competitors as fundamentally, in the absence of end trading demand, one has to remove supply: by any means necessary. So in a complete tangent, and in light of last night's latest Olympic record in the 100 M spring by Jamaica's Usain Bolt, below we show the evolution of gold medals in the Men's Olympic sprint. The Y axis is not logarithmic, and as such the growth is not quite up to par with Moore's Law, but the ever faster sprint is unmissable, and makes one wonder at what point will human speed top out, or will new, improved and completely undetectable stimulants keep pushing homo sapiens until such point as one cross the finish line before the starter pistol has even gone off.

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vast-dom's picture

eat your GMO testosterone wheaties.

diogeneslaertius's picture

now with extra fraudulent ponzi cancer!

slewie the pi-rat's picture

time being relative, schrodinger's cat is nonplussed

and sanguine too?

Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty.'s picture

the obvious thing is that the Chinese can't run for shit!

Peter Pan's picture

The comment that Chinese men can't run for shit is quite gratuitous given that there were no white Amercans in that race. The fact of the matter is that most Chinese men would outrun most of their obese specimen counterparts grazing on MacDonalds in the western world. That is what matters more.

The Big Ching-aso's picture



Incentives. Put a firecracker up my ass with a 10 seconds or else fuse & I guarantee I'll break records.

Peter Pan's picture

Let us know how it works out for you.

The Big Ching-aso's picture



I just hope I have the intestinal fortitude.

vast-dom's picture

if i shot your ass out of a canon you wouldn't beat Bolt.

The Big Ching-aso's picture



If U shot my ass out of a canon that's one hell of a camera.

Peter Pan's picture

Now at least you are truly funny and clever.

lasvegaspersona's picture

I'll take that bet. Show me any /Asian who can out run/shove the average Las Vegas buffet athlete. It is sprinting with a bit of block and tackle AND the occasional Tyson ear bite thrown in. DO NOT SLOW DOWN NEAR THE PRIME RIB!!!!

ebworthen's picture

We can't outrun the big predators yet so really not much progress, if you think about it.

And the markets can sprint, and lead by meters, but sprints are not marathons, and every runner must sleep.

post turtle saver's picture

That's OK, since even the "big predators" can't outrun a bullet.

SeverinSlade's picture

Better question is how long until transhumanism renders all human records insignificant? We already saw an example of transhumanism with that dude from South Africa that had no feet.

diogeneslaertius's picture

#NWO Borg Beehive and THX-1138 on steroids - imagine being a slave who cannot die and who is forced to toil for eternity merely to afford upgrades, maintenance, and interest on debt

SeverinSlade's picture

The children's cartoon movie Robots portrays precisely that. The nwo illuminati is hell bent on indocrtrinating our youth from day 1.

Movies like In Time are the latest examples of predictive programming preparing a species of debt slaves for their grim future.

engineertheeconomy's picture

They have been breeding humans for their brainwashibility. Resistance is highly suggested

fxrxexexdxoxmx's picture

I wish there were more chances to use THX-1138 references as you just did. Every attempt I made only resulted in confusion.

diogeneslaertius's picture

someone throw in a Brazil quote and i think weve got it sewn up

Peter Pan's picture

The reason he had no feet is because he had no legs. All Olympics are just great shows but they do serve a higher purpose when good athletes inspire young people to perform to the best of their ability. Without this benefit it's just entertainment.

Sudden Debt's picture

better look at teh evolution of silver olympic coins....
have you seen the prices for a 1 ounce silver olympic coin? 100 pounds!!!!
That's like 150$ per ounce!!!!!

Sudden Debt's picture

those rubber soles on those Nikes keep getting better and better....
or yards are getting shorter and shorter...
Track deflation...l

Peter Pan's picture

Not only do the soles on Nikes get better but we are also a far cry from the cinder tracks that the likes of great athletes like Jesse Owen ran on.

BurningFuld's picture

It's all a matter of NOT getting caught...bottom line...Ben Johnson did:

Olympic scandal

In 1988, Johnson experienced a number of setbacks to his running career. In February of that year he pulled a hamstring, and in May he aggravated the same injury. Meanwhile in Paris in June, Lewis ran a 9.99. Then in Zurich, Switzerland on August 17, the two faced each other for the first time since the 1987 World Championships, Lewis won in 9.93, while Johnson finished third in 10.00. "The gold medal for the (Olympic) 100 meters is mine," Carl Lewis said. "I will never again lose to Johnson."[3]

On September 24 1988, Johnson beat Lewis in the 100m final at the Olympics, lowering his own world record to 9.79 seconds. Johnson would later remark that he would have been even faster had he not raised his hand in the air just before he finished the race.[4] However, Johnson's urine samples were found to contain stanozolol, and he was disqualified three days later. He later admitted having used steroids when he ran his 1987 world record, which caused the IAAF to rescind that record as well. Johnson and coach Francis complained that they used doping in order to remain on an equal footing with the other top athletes on drugs they had to compete against. In testimony before the Dubin inquiry into drug use, Francis charged that Johnson was only one of many cheaters; and he just happened to get caught. In hindsight, five of the finalists of the 100-meter race tested positive for banned drugs or were implicated in a drug scandal at some point in their careers: Carl Lewis, who was given the gold medal, Linford Christie, who was moved up to the silver medal and who went on to win gold at the next Games, Dennis Mitchell, who was moved up to fourth place and finished third to Christie in 1992, and Desai Williams, Johnson's countryman who won a bronze medal at the Los Angeles Games in 1984.[5]

Johnson's coach, Charlie Francis, a vocal critic of the IOC testing procedures, is the author of Speed Trap, which features Johnson heavily. In the book, he freely admits that his athletes were taking anabolic steroids, as he claims all top athletes at the time were, and also claims that Johnson could not possibly have tested positive for that particular steroid since Johnson actually preferred furazabol. He thought stanozolol made his body "feel tight".[6]

Inspector Bird's picture

Oh boo-hoo.  I got caught, it's not my fault, everyone else is doing it!

If you have kids, this is one of the oldest excuses in the book.  So I'm supposed to let you go and nail everyone else without any evidence?

This stupid refrain "it's about not getting caught" is one of the dumbest and most insipid commentaries running.

My son was caught, by a parent, at age 14 while sneaking beer into a house for a party.  The friend who was throwing the party was letting him in and had asked for it.  We sat down with both boys, and the other parents, and spoke with the boys.  My son was punished and received a long lecture, particularly since the house he was sneaking the beer into was that of a pediatrician, who could suffer a blow to business and reputation if the kids had been caught by police.

The kid's parents were angry at the whole situation, but especially at my son (probably with some good reason).  What really pissed me off?  They didn't punish THEIR son!  Yeah, the kid who admitted he asked for the beer, then lied about never having smoked pot or drinking before.  "I just wanted to try it this one time."  Um....yeah, you fell for that?  Well, it's their right as a parent and they had no evidence otherwise, while my son willingly admitted to doing both.

A week later, it turns out my son's story made the rounds of the community.  I'm at a party, and knowing that my son hadn't purchased the beer, but gotten it from yet another friend (which we found out during the conversation), I ran into the father of the boy who had provided it.  He knew his son had given it - in fact, had set it aside for them to take.  He laughed, said "boys will be boys, it's all about not getting caught."  I looked at him and said "you know, if you believe that I'm amazed you're as successful as you are.  You willingly set these boys up for trouble, as an adult, and now you're laughing because your son avoided any problems."

He said "if my boy had been caught, I still wouldn't have punished him.  We provide him with beer at home.  It's his choice."  I shook my head and walked away.

People have different tolerances for what they are willing to allow - and in the end you need the evidence or the testimony.  My kid was the only one punished, and he's straightened out, though he's no angel.  He's honest with me now, which is more than I can say for the other kids.  The kid who threw the party?  Drug abusing nitwit skateboarder.  The kid whose father gave them the beer?  Headed to a high-level university with C grades because investment banker daddy can send some cash the university's way.  My boy?  Headed to university with B+ grades and going to load up on debt, but hopefully walk away with a meaningful degree.

Yeah, the father is an investment banker.  Makes a fortune.  He doesn't get caught, because after all, it's all about not getting caught.  Or at least that's what people believe.


I hate that line.  My feeling?  Tough luck to Ben, but if you can't get the testimony or the proof, then stop complaining, like I told my son.  So what if "everyone is doing it"?  So what if "they didn't get punished"?  I don't care.  It's not about them - it's about you and whether you have the courage and fortitude to do the right thing to begin with and be happy with the fact that you're not "just like everyone else".

The Wizard of Oz's picture


Hype Alert's picture

Fast men and a slow day in the market.

francis_sawyer's picture

stealing TV's during blackouts is good training... (just look at the jump in the electronic era)!...


Edit: Hey fuu ~ Now that you've taken to junk every comment I ever make... FYI ~ I was referring to the rumored increases in TV stealing in the Soviet Union after Valeri Borzov won at the Munich Games in 1972...

But you're forgiven because, I'm not as uptight as you... So as a peace offering... I'll leave you to bask in the glow of your Olympic Heroes...


Good thing I wasn't AT ALL referring to Harold Abrahams, otherwise you'd have gone completely batshit...

fuu's picture

WTF are you talking Mr. Persecution Complex?

francis_sawyer's picture

Just seeing if you're still around... I so enjoy your company...

El Viejo's picture

Best Zinger Today bar none!

francis_sawyer's picture

Russian women are the best Steeplechasers in the world...

So while we're on the RED kick ~ I guess that also makes me a misogynist commie (among other things)...

Dr Benway's picture

They have made studies on this, calculating the records that results are converging towards

diogeneslaertius's picture

endless specialization while philosophy is deprecated


in the last analysis, the consequences appear inevitable

Jason T's picture

good day to read Armstrong.. he says things are going so crazy his computer wished it had legs to it could go under them and hide ..

FieldingMellish's picture

Somebody has been dunking their donut in poor old Martin's tea. He is clearly bitter from his time in Federal prison. 

Jason T's picture

i envy your icon ... 

"don't worry, i have been poisened so many times, I've developed an immunity."

FieldingMellish's picture

I hope you know Swedish...