The answer, to a degree, is "yes", and results from a little application of the physics of fluid mechanics.
A runner moving through a wind with an arbitrary velocity experiences either a resistive or propulsive force, as well as a drag effect.
The title of the "Fastest Man in the World" has always resided in the domain of the 100m champion.
There is perhaps no greater test of strength, power, and agility for a human being.
In late July 1997, this title returned to its home in Canada as our own Donovan Bailey crossed the finish line in a remarkable 9.84s, even after a relatively slow reaction time of 0.174s and a small tail wind of 0.7 m/s.
His incredible top speed of 12.1 m/s is further support to his claim on the title.
He’d realised his dreams with a 27.07 mph (12.10 m/s) 1996 Olympic title run. She was the woman upon whose fierce love and support Bailey says he built his career.
“When my mother was alive I didn’t have a low point because she was always the back drop,” he says now.
Bailey, an Olympic 100m gold medal-winner and once the world’s fastest man was revered, famous. It concerned their 70-year-old mother, an in-charge, always on-top-of-things kind of a mother; a “neat-freak”; the kind of woman who makes sure that her five sons all grow up with a backbone.
With no wind recorded, Blake produced a solid performance in Canada only a week after winning a Diamond League 100m race in New York in 9.90 seconds, serving notice he will be a contender at the Jamaican Olympic trials.
The 22 year-old will be tested by reigning Olympic 100 and 200 metre champion and world record-holder Usain Bolt as well as Asafa Powell and a host of other Jamaican sprint stars in his homeland's Olympic trials at the end of the month, all of them fighting for berths at the London Olympics athletics events in August.
While the legal wind speed limit is 2.0 m/s for the 100m and 200m sprints, one can never discount the fact that a race run with a 1.9 m/s tail wind has an implicit advantage over a race run with a 0.0 m/s tailwind, or even a headwind, for that matter.
Despite these rules, is it possible to compare all 100m races on a more or less equal footing?