“Who is the fastest person in the world, mommy?” My son asked me recently. I honestly didn’t know, so of course I turned to google.
Bolt celebrating at the 2013 London Anniversary Games, by J. Brichto. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce win the 200 m on 2013 World Championships in Athletics in Moscow, by Erik van Leeuwen.
Fastest Man in the World:
Superstar Usain Bolt is arguably the fastest man on the planet. He holds the world record in the 100 and 200 meter sprints, running an average speed of over 23 miles per hour!!! (his top speed during the sprint was over 27 miles per hour!)
Despite suffering from a hamstring tear during the Jamaican Olympic Trials, Usain Bolt has been named in the Jamaican Olympic team for the 100m, 200m and 4x100m events at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games next month. I can’t wait to watch him compete!
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) July 12, 2016
Fastest Woman in the World
If Usain Bolt is the fastest man in the world, who is the fastest woman? Fellow Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce right now is the fastest woman in the world. Like Bolt, she also triumphed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and in London in 2012- matching Bolt in medals for the 100m sprint at the Olympics and world championships. Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce also has an extremely painful injury- in her toe- and she recently withdrew from the 200m final before the Jamaican Olympic Trials.
We hope both Bolt and Fraser-Pryce can recover from their injuries, and perform their best during the Rio Olympics! Here are some amazing videos of the fastest man and woman in the world:
Welcome to our Olympics for Kids series! The Olympics are a wonderful opportunity to teach kids about the world and explore cultures together.
Today, you can find more about Olympic history and famous athletes from various countries around the world.
Judoka: Rafaela Silva – Multicultural Kid Blogs
South Africa’s First Olympians – Globe Trottin’ Kids
Chile: Important Names and Winners – La clase de Sra. DuFault
Female Athletes to Watch in 2016 – Use Resources Wisely
Jefferson Perez: The Only Olympic Medalist in Ecuador – Hispanic Mama
Fastest Man/Woman in the World – Kid World Citizen
Olympisch Stadion in Amsterdam – Expat Life with a Double Buggy
Baron Pierre de Coubertin & the modern Olympics – La Cité des Vents
Don’t forget that you can also download our Summer Games Unit activity pack to learn more about the world and have fun during the Olympics.