100m World Records

The 100m Sprint is often the benchmark for speed, and the world record holder is labeled "the world's fastest man". The 100m world record record has improved over time as track surfaces and running shoe design has improved, as well as the positive impact of advanced training methods and sports science research.

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

Men's World Record Progression

The 100m World Record has had this evolution (the more recent records are listed first).

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

Women's World Record Progression

The women's 100m World Record has had this evolution (the more recent records are listed first).

Time (seconds) Athlete Nationality Date
10.49 Florence Griffith-Joyner  United States July 16, 1988
10.76 Evelyn Ashford  United States August 22, 1984
10.79 Evelyn Ashford  United States July 3, 1983
10.81 Marlies Göhr  East Germany June 8, 1983
10.88 Marlies Göhr  East Germany July 9, 1982
10.88 Marlies Oelsner  East Germany July 1, 1977
11.01 Annegret Richter  West Germany July 25, 1976
11.04 Inge Helten  West Germany June 13, 1976
11.07 Renate Stecher (née Meißner)  East Germany September 2, 1972
11.07 Wyomia Tyus  United States October 15, 1968
10.8 Renate Stecher (née Meißner)  East Germany July 20, 1973
10.9 Renate Stecher (née Meißner)  East Germany June 7, 1973
11.0 Eva Glesková  Czechoslovakia July 1, 1972
11.0 Ellen Strophal  East Germany June 15, 1972
11.0 Renate Stecher (née Meißner)  East Germany June 3, 1972
11.0 Renate Stecher (née Meißner)  East Germany July 31, 1971
11.0 Renate Meißner  East Germany August 2, 1970
11.0 Chi Cheng  Republic of China (Taiwan) July 18, 1970
11.0 Wyomia Tyus Mexico City, Mexico October 15, 1968
11.1 Irena Szewińska  Poland October 14, 1968
11.1 Lyudmila Samotyosova  Soviet Union August 15, 1968
11.1 Wyomia Tyus  United States April 21, 1968
11.1 Barbara Ferrell  United States July 2, 1967
11.1 Irena Kirszenstein  Poland July 9, 1965
11.1 Ewa Klobukowska  Poland July 9, 1965
11.2 Wyomia Tyus  United States October 15, 1964
11.2 Wilma Rudolph  United States July 19, 1961
11.3 Wilma Rudolph  United States September 2, 1960
11.3 Vera Krepkina  Soviet Union September 13, 1958
11.3 Shirley Strickland  Australia August 4, 1955
11.4 Marjorie Jackson  Australia October 4, 1952
11.5 Marjorie Jackson  Australia July 22, 1952
11.5 Fanny Blankers-Koen  Netherlands June 13, 1948
11.6 Stanisława Walasiewicz  Poland August 1, 1937
11.6 Helen Stephens  United States June 8, 1935
11.7 Stanisława Walasiewicz  Poland August 26, 1934
11.8 Stanisława Walasiewicz  Poland September 17, 1933
11.9 Stanisława Walasiewicz  Poland August 1, 1932
11.9 Tollien Schuurman  Netherlands June 5, 1932
12.0 Tollien Schuurman  Netherlands August 31, 1930
12.0 Myrtle Cook  Canada July 2, 1928
12.2 Kinue Hitomi  Japan May 20, 1928
12.4 Gundel Wittmann  Germany August 22, 1926
12.8 Mary Lines  United Kingdom August 20, 1922
13.6 Marie Mejzlíková II  Czechoslovakia August 5, 1922

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