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Usain Bolt is the current record holder of the 100 metres at 9.72 seconds.
Usain Bolt is the current record holder of the 100 metres at 9.72 seconds.

100 m (one hundred metres) is the shortest outdoor sprint race distance in athletics. The reigning 100 m Olympic champion is often named "the fastest man/woman in the world", even though the 200m has had a faster average speed in the mens race since the mid 1990s. To help compare different orders of magnitude this page lists lengths between 100 m and 1 km. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 514 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (1065 × 1241 pixel, file size: 235 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 514 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (1065 × 1241 pixel, file size: 235 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Usain Bolt (born 21 August 1986 in Trelawny,Jamaica) is a Jamaican sprinter and current world junior and Jamaican record holder over the 200 m. ... This article is about the unit of length. ... Sprints are short running races in athletics. ... A womens 400 m hurdles race on a typical outdoor red urethane track in the Helsinki Olympic Stadium in Finland. ... A 200 metre race is a sprint running event. ...


In the past, athletes often competed over 100 yards (91 m) instead of the 100 m, especially in the United States. This shorter distance is now obsolete. Indoors events are normally held over 60 m (sometimes 50 m or 55 m) as few facilities have a 100 m indoor straight. The 100-yard dash is a track and field event. ...


On an outdoor 400 m running track, the 100 m is run on the home straight, the start being set on an extension to make it a straight-line race.


Illegal drug use has been seen by some people as a means to gain a competitive edge; in particular, the scandal at the 1988 Summer Olympics when the winner Ben Johnson was stripped of his medal. Johnson winning the 100 m final The 1988 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXIV Olympiad, were the Summer Olympic Games celebrated in 1988 in Seoul, South Korea. ... Benjamin Sinclair Ben Johnson CM (born December 30, 1961) is a former Canadian sprinter who enjoyed a high-profile career during most of the 1980s, winning two Olympic Bronze medals, and an Olympic Gold which was subsequently rescinded. ...

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Record performances

Major 100 m races, such as at the Olympic Games, attract much attention, particularly when the world record is thought to be within reach. The five Olympic rings were designed in 1913, adopted in 1914 and debuted at the Games at Antwerp, 1920. ...


The men's world record has been improved upon eleven times since the introduction of electronic timing in 1968, never being surpassed by more than 0.05 s at a time. The current men's world record of 9.72 s is held by Usain Bolt of Jamaica, set at the Icahn Stadium in New York on 31 May 2008 at the Reebok Grand Prix. The current women's world record of 10.49 s was set by Florence Griffith-Joyner, in Indianapolis, Indiana, on 16 July 1988. Usain Bolt (born 21 August 1986 in Trelawny,Jamaica) is a Jamaican sprinter and current world junior and Jamaican record holder over the 200 m. ... Icahn Stadium is a track and field stadium in New York City. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... is the 151st day of the year (152nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common Era (or Anno Domini), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... -1... Indianapolis redirects here. ... July 16 is the 197th day of the year (198th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ...


Due to the progression of record times compared to longer distance races, the downward march of the 100 m record has been criticized as more a measure of technological advances in training technology than athletic greatness.[1]


Start

At the start, some athletes play psychological games such as trying to be last to the starting blocks, although direct intimidation would be considered unsportsmanlike. The starter will keep the sprinters in the set position for an unpredictable time of around two seconds and then fire the starting gun.


The time between the gun and first kick against the starting block is measured electronically, via sensors built in the gun and the blocks. A reaction time less than 0.1 s is considered a false start. The 0.1-second interval accounts for the sum of the time it takes for the sound of the starter's pistol to reach the runners' ears, and the time it takes for a human to react to it.


For many years a sprinter was disqualified if responsible for two false starts individually. However, this rule was allowing some major races to be restarted so many times that the sprinters started to lose focus. The new rule is that, after one false start, anyone responsible for a subsequent false start is disqualified immediately. This rule has led to some sprinters deliberately false-starting to gain a psychological advantage: an individual with a slower reaction time might false-start, forcing the faster starters to wait and be sure of hearing the gun for the subsequent start, thereby losing some of their advantage.


Climatic conditions

Climatic conditions are a crucial factor for good performances in the 100 m. Air resistance is the primary climatic factor in sprint performances. A strong head wind is very detrimental to performance, while a tail wind can improve performances significantly. For this reason, a maximum tail wind of 2.0 m/s is allowed for a 100 m performance to be considered eligible for records, or "wind legal". The fastest recorded time for the distance, although excluded from the records because of wind assistance, was 9.68 s by Tyson Gay of the United States on 29 June 2008 during the 2008 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon; the tail wind speed was 4.1 m/s, more than double the IAAF legal limit.[2] Tyson Gay (born August 9, 1982) is an American sprinter and the current 100 meters and 200 meters world champion. ... is the 180th day of the year (181st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common Era (or Anno Domini), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... Olympic can mean: Olympic Games, an international multi-sport event: Olympic Games, the modern games held since 1896 Ancient Olympic Games, the ancient games held in Olympia, Greece between 776 BC and 393 AD Olympic (band), a Czech rock band Olympic (MTR) A MTR station in Hong Kong Olympic Airlines... Hayward Field, one of the most historic track and field stadiums in the United States, has been the home to the University of Oregon Track and Field teams of the NCAA since 1919. ... Nickname: Motto: The Worlds Greatest City of the Arts & Outdoors Coordinates: , Country State County Lane Founded 1846 Incorporated 1862 Government  - Mayor Kitty Piercy Area  - City 40. ...


Furthermore, sprint athletes perform better at high altitudes because of the thinner air, which provides less air resistance. While there are no limitations on altitude, performances made at altitudes greater than 1000 m above sea level are marked with an "A".[3]


Fastest 100 metres runners

Top thirteen all-time athletes — men

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Rank Time Wind (m/s) Athlete Nation Date Location
1 9.72 +1.7 Usain Bolt Flag of Jamaica Jamaica 31 May 2008 New York
2 9.74 +1.7 Asafa Powell Flag of Jamaica Jamaica 9 September 2007 Rieti
3 9.77 +1.6 Tyson Gay Flag of the United States United States 28 June 2008 Eugene
4 9.79 +0.1 Maurice Greene Flag of the United States United States 16 June 1999 Athens
5 9.84 +0.7 Donovan Bailey Flag of Canada Canada 27 July 1996 Atlanta
+0.2 Bruny Surin Flag of Canada Canada 22 August 1999 Seville
7 9.85 +1.2 Leroy Burrell Flag of the United States United States 6 July 1994 Lausanne
+0.6 Justin Gatlin Flag of the United States United States 22 August 2004 Athens
+1.7 Olusoji Fasuba Flag of Nigeria Nigeria 12 May 2006 Doha
10 9.86 +1.2 Carl Lewis Flag of the United States United States 25 August 1991 Tokyo
−0.4 Frankie Fredericks Flag of Namibia Namibia 3 July 1996 Lausanne
+1.8 Ato Boldon Flag of Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago 19 April 1998 Walnut
+0.6 Francis Obikwelu Flag of Portugal Portugal 22 August 2004 Athens

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Leroy Russel Burrell (born February 21, 1967) is an American athlete who twice set the world record for the 100 metre sprint, setting a time of 9. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... is the 187th day of the year (188th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... Lausanne (pronounced ) is a city in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, situated on the shores of Lake Geneva (French: Lac Léman), and facing Évian-les-Bains (France) and with the Jura mountains to its north. ... Justin Gatlin (born February 10, 1982) is an American sprinter. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... is the 234th day of the year (235th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 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Notes

  • Donovan Bailey's 9.84 at Atlanta on 27 July 1996 is the current Olympic record.
  • Justin Gatlin ran 9.77 in Doha on 12 May 2006, which was at the time ratified as a world record. However, the performance was annulled in 2007 after he failed a doping test in April 2006.
  • Ben Johnson ran 9.79 at Seoul on 24 September 1988, but he was disqualified after he tested positive for stanozolol after the race. He subsequently admitted to drug use between 1981 and 1988, and his time of 9.83 at Rome on 30 August 1987 was invalidated. Carl Lewis's 9.92 in the Seoul race was therefore recognized as the world record, and his two prior runs of 9.93 were seen as having equalled the previous world record.
  • Tim Montgomery's time (9.78 at Paris on 14 September 2002) was invalidated following his indictment in the BALCO scandal on drug use and drug trafficking charges. The time had stood as the world record until Asafa Powell first ran 9.77.

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Top eleven all-time athletes — women

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Rank Time Wind (m/s) Athlete Nation Date Location
1 10.49 0.0 Florence Griffith Joyner Flag of the United States United States 16 July 1988 Indianapolis
2 10.65A +1.1 Marion Jones Flag of the United States United States 12 September 1998 Johannesburg
3 10.73 +2.0 Christine Arron Flag of France France 19 August 1998 Budapest
4 10.74 +1.3 Merlene Ottey Flag of Jamaica Jamaica 7 September 1996 Milan
5 10.76 +1.7 Evelyn Ashford Flag of the United States United States 22 August 1984 Zürich
6 10.77 +0.9 Irina Privalova Flag of Russia Russia 6 July 1994 Lausanne
+0.7 Ivet Lalova Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria 19 June 2004 Plovdiv
8 10.78A +1.0 Dawn Sowell Flag of the United States United States 3 June 1989 Provo
10.78 1.8 Torri Edwards Flag of the United States United States 28 June 2008 Eugene
10 10.79 0.0 Li Xuemei Flag of the People's Republic of China China 18 October 1997 Shanghai
−0.1 Inger Miller Flag of the United States United States 22 August 1999 Seville

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See also

The first world record in the 100 m for men (athletics) was recognised by the International Amateur Athletics Federation, now known as the International Association of Athletics Federations, in 1912. ... The first World Record in the 100 m for women (athletics (track and field)) was recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations in 1922. ... Below a list of all national champions in the mens 100 metres in track and field from several countries since 1970. ...

References

  1. ^ McClelland, Ted (2007-09-27). "World's Fastest Sham". Sports Nut column. Slate.
  2. ^ Zinser, Lynn (June 30, 2008), "Shattering Limits on the Track, and in the Pool" The New York Times
  3. ^ 100 metres IAAF
  4. ^ Top List - 100m IAAF

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External links

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  • Athletics all-time performances
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