On Your Mark
by Mathalicious

In the 2012 London Olympics, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt won the gold medal in the men’s 100 meter dash, finishing in 9.63 seconds. Bolt was the fastest runner. He was also the tallest. At 1.96 meters tall (around 6’5”), Bolt was much taller than the silver and bronze medalists, Yohan Blake and Justin Gatlin.

Imagine if instead of running the same distance, sprinters ran distances based on their heights. Below, calculate how many times his height Usain Bolt ran. Then, if Blake and Gatlin ran this same multiple of their heights, how far would they have to go? Draw this.