Over shorter distances, long track speed skaters may attain speeds of up to 59 km/h. Meanwhile, Usain Bolt, the world's fastest man, recorded 44.72 km/h during his world record run over 100m at the 2009 IAAF World Championships. This makes him about half as fast as a long track speed skater.
However, the majority of their runs are much slower, usually below 45 km/h. This means that they cover less distance in an hour than someone who skates at our average speed on a 500 m sprint race. In fact, the average speed of long track speed skating is 4 km/h, which is 0.5 mph.
A long track speed skater can reach a top speed of 59 km/h but this only lasts for about three seconds before their legs start to slow them down. The average speed of a long track skater is four kilometers per hour. This works out as being four miles an hour or 2.9 miles per hour if you count slowly instead!
In conclusion, long track speed skating is extremely difficult and demanding, but also very cool. If you're a fan of sports such as ice hockey or inline skating, then this might be something for you. However, don't expect to be able to skate faster than four miles an hour...
Looking at other events on the track, including speed skating and running, it appears that skating is nearly twice as quick as running. Short track speed skaters can reach 40-45 km/h, while marathon speed skaters only manage 27-29 km/h.
Over longer distances, such as in marathons, speed skaters are still more efficient, but not by much. A good marathoner can run close to two hours while a good short track speed skater can go for over an hour. This shows that even though speed skaters are less efficient over longer distances, they are still very capable athletes.
In conclusion, speed skaters are capable of going very fast over short distances and longer distances, but they are less efficient than runners at maintaining their speed.
Usain Bolt's 100-meter sprint in London was the fastest in Olympic history, running more than 23 miles per hour for 9.63 seconds. Marathon runners reach half of Bolt's pace after running for two hours. A moderate walk is about 2 mph.
Olympic athletes are not designed to run that fast. Human bones break easily if you run too fast. The muscles, joints and tissues of an ordinary person aren't capable of withstanding such speed over long periods of time.
However, some very special people can run faster than this. Some top runners have reached speeds of up to 50 mpg (milage per gallon), which is equivalent to driving from New York to Miami at walking speed! But such high levels of performance require special training and nutrition, as well as taking advantage of natural speed limits via shortcuts.
In addition, there are other factors involved in determining how fast an athlete can run. For example, someone with a low body mass percentage will be able to run faster because more weight is less resistance. Also, someone who is highly trained can run faster because their bodies are better equipped to with stand extreme conditions of heat or cold. Finally, some athletes are born with physical advantages such as fast muscle fibers or perfect posture. These are called "genetic gifts" and help some people run faster than others.
Denis Yuskov, who produced a 3000m time of 3:34.37 during a training race on November 2, 2013, was one of seven skaters who broke the world mark on this rarely raced distance.
According to the PyeongChang games website, long track speed skaters race on five distinct lengths: 500 meters, 1,000 meters, 1,500 meters, 3,000 meters, and 5,000 meters.
So far, the quickest time has been around 27 1/2 miles per hour, which sprinter Usain Bolt achieved (briefly) shortly after the midway of his world-record 100-meter dash in 2009. The strength of our bones and tendons most likely does not enforce this speed restriction. Humans can easily accelerate to velocities much higher than this if necessary.
In fact, scientists have calculated that a human body could be accelerated to nearly the speed of light (approximately 300,000 miles per hour) using conventional means such as gas engines or electric motors. The problem is that the energy required to do so would destroy the body before it reached this speed! A human body is capable of withstanding speeds up to about 600 miles per hour, which is why astronauts experience gravity while flying in space. At these speeds, air resistance becomes significant, causing them to lose momentum and stop accelerating.
The fastest man alive, American athlete Carl Lewis, claimed to have reached 745 miles per hour in an official competition. However, this claim has since been disputed by other athletes and coaches who were present at the event. Regardless of how fast he actually went, it was not enough to cause any damage to his body given that he stopped well before reaching this speed.
People have also walked on the moon when they were outside Earth's atmosphere (i.e., when there was no air resistance to slow down their movement).