Comments for http://wwwsearch.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/paulinemclean/2008/07/waiting_for_tom_1.html http://wwwsearch.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/paulinemclean/2008/07/waiting_for_tom_1.html en-gb 30 Tue 23 Sep 2014 00:29:34 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at http://wwwsearch.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/paulinemclean/2008/07/waiting_for_tom_1.html oneloveformusic http://wwwsearch.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/paulinemclean/2008/07/waiting_for_tom_1.html?page=50#comment1 Watching the Olympic games recently, I was truck by something; 1.) 29 new world records set.Most of those seemed to occur in the swimming pool, where world records seem to fall with almost monotonous regularity. I mean, how do they do it. If they carry on at this rate they will be covering 1500 metres in the same time that it takes one to utter the words, “ready, set….and the winner is.” Michael Phelps, and Ian Thorpe before him, seemed to have been born with the express advantage of appearing to share the same characteristics of fish, and also the ability to swim faster than anyTHING before them. I mean Great Whites haven’t got shit on Phelps. This boy is quick. Now, lets take a moment to consider Usain Bolt. It’s probably fair to say that Bolt could probably outrun an Aston Martin. 9.69. These numbers should be etched into immortality…well, at least until he runs again and actually tries to run 100 yards rather than 75. His stride covers 8 feet. Poor old Richard Thompson (who was a distant second) covers a mortal 6 feet. So, actually Bolt only needs to maintain the same speed as his nearest rival and by sheer logistics will win by…well, you do the maths. But it’s a healthy margin. Two athletes, two men pre-conditioned 9 months before birth to be able to run faster, and swim faster than any before them. There undoubtedly will be others that go faster than either of these two magnificent athletes. But where will it end? Surely there exists a definitive speed beyond which the human body cannot exceed? Surely. If we carry on at this rate, and given that we still have roughly 4 billion years left before our sun burns out, and under the supposition that 100 metres will still be an Olympic event in, say, 27 million years time, with an additional supposition that we haven’t evolved to creatures with four legs, the 100 yard dash will be completed in say 3.5 seconds!! Outrageous, isn’t it? Well, yes and no. It all boils down to perspective. Have we reached, or are we nearing the apotheosis of human physical perfection? Are we approaching the point in which we, as we have evolved thus far, cannot go any farther? I guess the London Olympics will tell us a lot. Four years might be a blink when talking about human evolution, but it certainly will show us a little the evolution of Mssrs Bolt and Phelps. It goes beyond merely sport, the whole issue of our own opportunity to tread new ground, explore new territory applies to us all. David Bowie had it right, “We can be heroes…just for one day.” [Unsuitable/Broken URL removed by Moderator] Sat 30 Aug 2008 14:34:56 GMT+1 dennisjunior1 http://wwwsearch.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/paulinemclean/2008/07/waiting_for_tom_1.html?page=0#comment0 Pauline, ticket-touting, is bad not a good behaviour. Mon 04 Aug 2008 01:48:59 GMT+1