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Usain Bolt Has Another World Record

Usain Bolt has set another world record, this time with his Jamaican teammates in the 4 x100-meter relay. Bolt ran the anchor leg. A week earlier, Bolt false-started in the 100 final of the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, an infraction that comes with the harshest of penalties: disqualification.
Check out our previous pieces on the statistical anomaly that is Usain Bolt by Justin Wolfers and Ian Ayres.
Usain Bolt: It’s Just Not Normal
Who’s the World’s Fastest Runner?
How Impressive is Usain Bolt? A Freakonomics Quiz
Usain Bolt is No Takeru Kobayashi

Who’s the World’s Fastest Runner?

Justin Wolfers’s excellent post on Usain Bolt‘s extraordinary 200-meter race mentions in passing that “it is only a fairly recent phenomenon that the 200-meter typically yields a faster average speed than the 100-meter sprint.” We’re living in a topsy-turvy world where the world-record pace is faster on a longer distance than a shorter distance. When Bolt set a new world . . .