Spoiler: He’s really, really, fast.
Usain Bolt is fast, but he is actually slower than most other sprinters at the start.
In the 2016 Olympic 100-meter final on Sunday, his reaction time was 0.155, making it the second slowest in a field of eight.
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However, as the race goes on, Bolt really shines. He is fastest between the 60- and 80-meter mark.
At his world-record-setting race in Berlin in 2009, Bolt covered the 60- to 80- meter distance in 1.61 seconds and reached a speed of 27.79 mph.
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At 6’5″, Bolt is taller than most sprinters, and is able to cover 100 meters in fewer strides. It takes Bolt 41 strides on average, whereas other elite sprinters take around 45.
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As good as he is in the 100, the 200 is actually his favorite and stronger distance.
The 200 has always been Bolt's go-to race — which he also holds the world record in, with a time of 19.19 seconds. In fact, when he won the 100 in Beijing, he had been training for the event for less than a year.
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