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I'm not so sure. I think it is fair to suggest that the world
record should belong NOT to the person who "is the fastest"
(whatever that could possibly mean!), but to the person who caused
the least time (need I say "in the frame of the track"?) to
elapse between the event "firing of the starting gun" and the event
"some part of the body crossing a vertical plane at the finish
line." Moreover, I think this time can be established VERY
Probably the worst part of this definition is that the circumstances
in different races--and even different lanes in the SAME race--can't
be controlled well enough. In particular, one would like a least to
believe that the distance between "the starting block" (whatever
THAT means) and the finish line is reproducible to within something
like [(.01 s)/(10 s)] * 100 m = 10 cm.