100m World Records

The 100m Sprint is often the benchmark for speed, and the world record holder is labelled "the world's fastest man".

The record has improved over time as track surfaces and running shoe design has improved, as well as the impact of training methods and sports science research.

Early records used hand timing, accurate to one tenth of a second. Currently photo finish technology enables the times to be measured to 1/1000th of a second.

World Record Progression

The 100m World Record has had this evolution (more recent first).

Athlete Time (seconds) Date
Usain Bolt (Jamaica) 9.58 Aug 16, 2009
Usain Bolt (Jamaica) 9.69 Aug 16, 2008
Usain Bolt (Jamaica) 9.72 May 31, 2008
Asafa Powell (Jamaica) 9.74 Sept 9, 2007
Asafa Powell (Jamaica) 9.77 June 14, 2005
Tim Montgomery (USA) 9.78 Sept. 14, 2002 (doped)
Maurice Greene (USA) 9.79 June 16, 1999
Donovan Bailey (Canada) 9.84 July 27, 1996
Leroy Burrell (USA) 9.85 July 6, 1994
Carl Lewis (USA) 9.86 Aug. 25, 1991
Leroy Burrell (USA) 9.90 June 14, 1991
Carl Lewis (USA) 9.92 Sept. 24, 1988
Calvin Smith (USA) 9.93 July 3, 1983
Jim Hines (USA) 9.95 Oct. 14, 1968
Jim Hines (USA) 9.99 June 20, 1968
Armin Hary (West Germany) 10.0 June 21, 1960
Willie Williams (USA) 10.1 Aug. 3, 1956
Jesse Owens (USA) 10.2 June 20, 1936
Percy Williams (Canada) 10.3 Aug. 9, 1930
Charles Paddock (USA) 10.4 April 23, 1921
Donald Lippincott (USA) 10.6 July 6, 1912

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