Sunday, February 19, 2006

Sports: Do the math - 0.06 seconds separate first from third

A close contest in Women's 1000m Speed Skating.

Marianne Timmer from the Netherlands edged out Canadian Cindy Klassen by 0.04 seconds and Anni Friesinger of Germany finished third 0.06 seconds behind.

The winning time was 1 minute 16.05 seconds.

1000 meters in 76.05 seconds = 13.15 meters/second.

13.15 meters/second x 0.04 seconds = 0.53 meters.

0.53 meters x 39.37 inches/meter = 21 inches.

Depending on the size of your foot, the difference between first and second is less than the length of two skate boots!


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