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Physicist subtracts showboating, says Bolt could have run 9.55 in Beijing 100

Updated: September 12, 2008, 12:25 PM ET
Associated Press

OSLO, Norway -- A physicist has done the math, and says Usain Bolt could have run the 100-meter Olympic final in 9.55 seconds if he had not slowed down to showboat.

"We estimate that he could have finished the race in a time between 9.55 and 9.61," Norwegian physicist Hans Eriksen said Friday in a telephone interview.

Bolt won the final at the Beijing Olympics last month in 9.69 seconds, shaving 0.03 seconds off the record he set in May.

Eriksen, a physicist at the Institute ...

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