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Answered 2011-09-15 11:02:20

Well, donovan Bailey ran the 100m in 9.84 seconds. that's 10.16 m/s. 36.59 km/h. However this is the average, not the top speed. He ran faster then that for part of his sprint and slower for other parts.

If we look at top speed as being the highest speed achievable rather than over a race distance we should look at the fastest 10 metre increments in the 100 race.

The top athletes are all around .83+ secs for several of the 10 metre segments. The very best can hit this speed a bit earlier in the race and/or hold on to it for a little longer but the top speeds are virtually the same at around 12mps .

That's 43.2 kph or 26.85 mph.

Usain Bolt probably touches 27 mph at some point

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