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).
|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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