About Usain Bolt’s talent for sprint – it’s in his fingers!

August 18, 2009

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt has the long ring finger!

Usain Bolt has the long ring finger, a marker for sprint talent!

The 2008 olympics in Beijing pointed out that Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt is the fastest man on sprint ever! And last sunday he set another new world record at the Athletics World Championships 2009 Berlin. How come that Jamaican sprinters run so fast?

Earlier this year British researchers studied 241 boys aged 10 to 17 who took part in a sports talent-spotting competition in Qatar.

Professor John T. Manning (a.k.a. ‘the finger professor’) said about the finger research:

“We found finger ratios of the right and left hand were positively linked with sprinting times in boys. The advantage they had was soon apparent after the start of the sprint and remained steady thereafter.”

Previous studies have shown long-distance runners have the same hand characteristics (low 2D:4D digit ratio). But in this perspective one should not forget that longer ring fingers have also been linked with everything from a lower risk of heart disease and exam success to male aggression and higher earnings in the workplace. So the predictive value of a long ring finger is not very specific, nor reliable in individuals.

Nevertheless, according John T. Manning it’s a hand fact that Jamaicans are known for having the long ring finger – and it’s confirmed by various hand photos of the most successful sprinters from Jamaica.


The hands Usain Bolt – olympic world record holder sprint!
Usain Bolt has the long ring finger – measure for sprint talent
Finger length explains the success of Jamaican sprinters!
About finger length & athletic succes
Why Jamaican sprinters run so fast!
Jamaican samples show low 2D:4D ratio

Female sprinters from Jamaica have the long ring finger!


One Response to “About Usain Bolt’s talent for sprint – it’s in his fingers!”

  1. handfacts Says:

    A new generation of ‘sprint talent’ from Jamaica arrived:

    “MONCTON, Canada — Jamaica added a second medal yesterday as the men’s sprint relay team took silver behind the United States at the Stade du Moncton on day six of the 3th IAAF World Junior Championships.

    The team of Brandon Tomlinson (who replaced Dwayne Extoll), Bernardo Brady, Odean Skeen and Dexter Lee ran a season best 39.55 seconds as the Americans recorded 38.93, the second fastest time ever by a junior team, for the gold.

    The medal was the second by Jamaica after Lee won the gold in the 100m on Wednesday and with one day to go, this equals the number won in 1986 and 1996. It’s unlikely Jamaica will equal the six medals won in Bydgoszcz, Poland in 2008.”

    Source: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sports/RELAY-SILVER_7826058

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