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    Dear all,
    The discussion on Bolt's World record is interesting. I note the
    discussion paper considers correction for more favourable wind
    conditions and suggests that 9.50 could be within reach. I see no
    consideration of the effect Bolt's rather poor reaction time (0.165 s).
    Assuming that Bolt could react as well as the best athlete in the race
    (0.133s), this would allow an improvement of 0.032s. The IAAF limit for
    legal reaction is 0.100s. If Bolt got the best possible reaction then
    the performance could have been 0.065s faster. This might translate to
    best possible a performance in ideal wind conditions of 9.44s !


    Drew Harrison
    Senior Lecturer and
    Head of Dept of Physical Education and Sports Science
    University of Limerick
    Tel: +353 61 202809
    email drew.harrison@ul.ie
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