100 meter sprint / 100 meters

The 100 meter sprint is deemed the premier event as the Olympic or World Championship 100 meter winner is deemed the world's fastest.   The first sub-10 second 100 meter race was run in 1968 by Jim Hines.  Carl Lewis broke the 9.90 barrier in 1991 and Maurice Green broke the 9.80 barrier in 1999.  The current official 100 meter world record is held by Jamaican sensation Usain Bolt of 9.58 set in the 2009 World Championships.  Expect this amazing sprinter to lower that figure in the near future...   

Sprinting phenom Usain Bolt smashes his own 100 meter world record and stuns the field with a 9.58 100 meters at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin.  Tyson Gay finishes in 9.71 with Asafa Powell third in 9.84.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nbjhpcZ9_g

Usain Bolt smokes the 2008 Olympic 100 meter finalists in perhaps the widest margin of victory in a 100 meter Olympic final - a 9.69 world and Olympic record   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qslbf8L9nl0


Tyson Gay runs a wind-aided 9.68 100 meters in the 2008 US Olympic trials


Tyson Gay sets an American record of 9.69 in the 100 meters in Shanghai in Sept 2009 as Asafa Powell finishes second in 9.85 

American Justin Gatlin wins the 2004 Olympic 100 meter final in 9.85


Collection of the greatest all-time 100 meter sprinters

2008 Olympic women's 100 meter final - Jamaica wins the gold, silver and bronze with Shelly-Ann Fraser winning in 10.78

American Carmelita Jeter runs 10.64, the fastest woman's 100 meters in some ten years in Shanghai Sept 2009


The following table illustrates the progression of 100 meter records...