Sprinters

 

Famous Sprinters

This section will be used to highlight individual world-class sprinters 

Usain Bolt - 22-year old Jamaican sensation who currently holds the world record at 100 meters (9.58) and 200 meters (19.19).  He also assisted the Jamaican 4x100 meter relay team to a gold medal and world record in the 2008 Olympics.  He won first place in the 2009 World Championships at 100 meters, 200 meters and participated in the winning Jamaican 4x100 relay.  Bolt was once a 400 meter runner and is better known for his performance at the 200 meter race so he is still a relatively new entrant to the 100 meter competition.  Expect to see more records from this amazing 6 foot 5 inch athlete only now 23 years old - perhaps in the long jump. 

  

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usain_Bolt

Asafa Powell - Jamaican sprinter who held the 100 meter world record for nearly three years between 2005 and mid-2008 with times of 9.77 and 9.74 seconds.  His personal bests are 9.72 seconds at 100 meters and 19.90 seconds at 200 meters.  Powell anchored the Jamaican 4x100 relay to an Olympic gold and world record (37.10) at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. 

Walter Dix -Floridian who graduated high school in 2004 has many years ahead of him; personal bests of 9.91 100 meters and 19.69 200 meters; 2008 bronze medalist at 100 meters and 200 meters; US 2008 Olympic trial champ at 200 meters and 2nd at 100 meters

Tyson Gay -Kentucy native with personal bests at 100 meters of 9.77 and 19.62 for 200 meters; 2007 World Outdoor 100 meter, 200 meter and 4x100 meter champion; US 100 meter champion 2006, 2007, 2008 US Olympic trial 100 meter champ

Shawn Crawford - South Carolina native with personal bests of 9.88 at 100 meters and 19.79 at 200 meters; 2004 Olympic gold at 200 meters; 2008 Olympic silver medal at 200 meters

Terrance Trammell - Georgia native personal best of 12.95 at 110 meter hurdles; Olympic silver medalist in 2000 and 2004; World Outdoor 110 meter silver medalist in 2003 & 2007; 2008 US Olympic trial runner up at 110 meters

Dwight Phillips - Georgia native with personal best of 8.60 meters or 28 feet 2.75 inches in the long jump; 2004 Olympic gold medal in long jump and 2003 and 2005 Outdoor World Champ in long jump; 2007 World Outdoor bronze medalist; 4th in 2008 US Olympic long jump trials

Brian Johnson - LA native with personal best of 8.33 meters or 27 feet 4 inches in long jump; 2006 US Outdoor champ; 2008 US Olympic trial runner up

Darvis Patton - Texas native with personal bests of 9.89 at 100 meters and 20.03 at 200 meters; 2008 Olympic games 100 meter finalist; 2003 World Outdoor silver medalist

Wallace Spearmon - Illinois native with personal bests of 9.96 at 100 meters and 19.65 at 200 meters; 2008 US Olympic trial bronze at 200 meters; 2007 World Outdoor bronze medalist; would have finished 3rd in 2008 200 meter Olympic final except for disqualification due to a lane violation; 2005 World Outdoor silver medalist at 200 meters

more bios at.. 

http://www.usatf.org/athletes/bios/

http://www.2008.nbcolympics.com/athletes/index.html