A physiologist and former British Olympian has unveiled the blueprint for what he describes as the world’s ‘ultimate superhuman’.
Greg Whyte’s design includes the acceleration of Usain Bolt’s legs, the arm span of record-breaking swimmer Michael Phelps and the agile feet of gymnast Simone Biles.
The ideal human – a composite of phenomenal humans from across sporting and other disciplines – also features cyclist Chris Froome’s heart and boxer Anthony Joshua’s ability to withstand punches to his gut.
In a British poll athletics stars Usain Bolt and Mo Farah were named as the top real-life superhumans, with high marks for Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Jessica Ennis-Hill.
The ultimate superhuman is likely to have legs like record-breaking Usain Bolt, Whyte said, with fast-twitch muscle fibres that provide the ability to accelerate faster than 99.9 per cent of the population.
They will also combine the lungs of British rower Steve Redgrave – whose seven-litre capacity means he can take in a third more oxygen than the average person – with the neck of Lennox Lewis who can withstand punches to the head.
Michael Phelps’s arm span of more than six and a half feet – longer than his height – generates incredibly high forces and propelled him to his record 23 Olympic gold medals in swimming.
The feet of gymnast Simone Biles, who won four gold medals at the age of 19 at the Rio 2016 Olympics, would provide ‘the perfect combination of agility, balance, strength and control’, according to Whyte.
Away from sport, the perfect human would have the brain of ‘human calculator’ Scott Flansburg – who can add numbers faster than a real calculator – and the vocal range of Brazilian singer Georgia Brown.
The ideal person would have the vision of Veronica Seider, who has the keenest eyesight in the world. She isable to distinguish detail from up to a mile away and her sight is 20 times better than the average human.
Greg Whyte competed in the Modern Pentathlon – which includes fencing, swimming, riding, shooting and running – at the Olympics in 1992 and 1996.
He said: ‘Many people possess superhuman powers without even knowing it.
‘Getting to superhuman status is undeniably a combination of nature and nurture; it’s not only genetic makeup, but psychology, drive, determination and external environment that come together to create a superhuman.
‘It’s the perfect combination of all of these variables that’s led to the incredible examples included within the ultimate superhuman.’
According to the poll of 2,000 Britons, Olympic heroes Usain Bolt and Mo Farah are the greatest superhumans, followed by much-loved naturalist Sir David Attenborough thanks to his encyclopaedic knowledge of nature.
Tennis legends Roger Federer and Serena Williams and heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill were also highly ranked in the survey.
Invisibility (31 per cent), the ability to fly (29 per cent), a faultless memory (29 per cent) and limitless energy (26 per cent) are amongst the most desired superpowers.
Some 45 per cent of respondents define being superhuman as having the ability to do the impossible, while 12 per cent feel superhuman if they manage to get through the day without reaching breaking point.
The research coincides with the return of U.S. series The Gifted, a FOX adventure series centred around mutant characters with incredible, superhuman powers.