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|Speer, Glenn. Guinness Book of World Records 1998. Connecticut: Guinness, 1997: 265.||"Event: Freestyle, 50 meters |
Time: 0:21.81 Name: Tom Jager (US)
Place: Nashville TN, March 24, 1990"
|2.29 m/s |
|Men's Long Course Records (50m). USA Swimming, 29 May 2000.||"50 Freestyle |
World: 21.81s, Tom Jager (USA)
Nashville Tenn. 03-24-90"
|2.29 m/s |
|Guinness Book of World Records 1975. New York: Sterling, 1974: 620.||"… The highest speed reached by a swimmer is 5.05 mph by David Holmes Edgar (US). Mark Spitz (US) in setting the 100 meter record of 51.22 secs. in 1972, required an average of 4.367 mph."||2.26 m/s |
|Bechtel, Mark. Sports Illustrated 2000 Sports Almanac. New York: Bishop, 1999: 693.||"50 meters: 21.81 s, Tom Jager (US) 3-24-90, Nashville"||2.29 m/s |
In finding the fastest human swimming speed, the actual speedswere rarely stated in any sources. The record times for all thedifferent styles (freestyle, breaststroke, etc.) and race lengthswere easy to find so the speed for each of these had to be calculatedto find the highest speed.
The fastest speed reached by a human in swimming is 2.29 m/s.This record was set by Tom Jager in a 50 meter race, in a50 meter swimming pool in Nashville, Tennessee on March 24,1990, with a time of 21.81 seconds. The record time for the100 meter in a 50 meter pool was 48.21 seconds,which means that the average speed was only 2.07 m/s. Therecord times for the 50 meter and 100 meter races in25 meter pools were both longer, respectively. A previousspeed record set in 1971 by David Holmes Edgar was 5.05 mph (2.26 m/s),slightly less than the speed of Jager in his record setting race.Mark Spitz had an average of 4.367 mph (1.95 m/s) in settingthe 100m record in 1972.
The average speed is what is calculated form 50 meter races,but the speed over a shorter distance may be greater. This information,however, is probably not documented and if so, is not readilyavailable.
Noah Kalkstein -- 2000
|Swimming Men's 50m Freestyle Results, The official website of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.||
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