Recent 100m Records

  • 9.90: Leroy Burell (US), June 14, 1991
  • 9.86: Carl Lewis (US), August 08, 1991
  • 9.85: Leroy Burrell (US), July 06, 1994
  • 9.84: Donovan Bailey (Can), July 27, 1996
  • 9.79: Maurice Greene (US), June 16, 1999
  • 9.78: Tim Montgomery (US), September 14, 2002
  • 9.77: Asafa Powell (Jam), June 14, 2005
  • 9.76/9.77: Justin Gatlin (US), May 12, 2006
  • 9.74: Asafa Powell (Jam), September 09, 2007
  • 9.72: Usain Bolt (Jam), May 31, 2008

Usain Bolt has proven to be the first person to break Asafa Powell‘s mark of 9.74 seconds in the 100 meter race on a track.

He was up against American sprinter Tyson Gay (9.85 seconds) this weekend at the Reebok Grand Prix, and was aided by a false start that wasn’t called back until the runners were 20 meters down the track.

Usain Bolt“I was glad for the first false start,” Bolt said. “My first start wasn’t that good. I knew if I got Tyson on the start, I’d get him.”

Gay said he knew it was over after he saw Bolt push out.

The Olympics this year should provide some great competition, which is as it should be.

Bolt is normally a 200m/400m runner, but his recent successes almost guarantee that he is going to stick with the 100m as his signature race in Beijing.

(Photo Credit: Victah Sailer courtesy of Runner’s World – More Info: AP)

Update: I crunched a few numbers about how fast Bolt was moving:

10.2880658 meters per second, or
37.037037 kilometers per hour, or
23.0137479 miles per hour, or
2:36.4282 pace (minutes per mile)