100m World Record – 9.58

Updated 16 August 2009 – World Athletics Championships 100m Final – Berlin

Exactly one year to the day after Bolt broke the 100m World Record at the Beijing Olympics, Usain Bolt has run 9.58 seconds to win the 100m final at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin. Bolt beat Tyson Gay into second while fellow Jamaican Asafa Powell finished in third. While Bolt ran all the way to the finish line in comparison to previously easing up at the line, their still appears to be a lot in reserve and the World Record should fall again !!

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Update 16 August 2008 – Beijing Olympics 100m Final

Usain Bolt broke his own world record in the 100m Olympic final in the Birds Nest.  Bolt ran 9.69, beating Richard Thompson into second place.  Not only was this record set without a favourable wind, but he also visibly slowed down to celebrate before reaching the finish line. Bolt’s coach said later that he could have finished in a time closer to 9.52 seconds.  Only time will tell !!

For now, you can click here to watch the 100m World Record Video.

On May 31st Usain Bolt ran the 100m in 9.72 seconds, faster than any human had ever run before.  In doing so, Bolt broke the world record which had been set by his compatriot Asafa Powell in 2007.  While most people across the world were in shock that a relatively unknown athelte had run so fast, family, friends and athletics fans had seen it coming.

  • In 2004 at the age of 16, Bolt ran the 200m in 19.93 seconds, becoming the first junior to break the 20-second mark and breaking Lorenzo Daniel’s world 200m junior record.  To date no one else has run under 20 seconds for the 200m at this age.
  • In 2007 he ran 19.75 to break the 36-year-old national 200m record held by Don Quarrie by 0.11 seconds at the  Jamaican Championships.
  • Bolt won the 200m silver medal at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, coming second to Tyson Gay.
  • He ran 9.76 seconds at an International Invitational Meet in Kingston on May 3rd becoming the second fastest man in history behind his compatriot Asafa Powell.

Race conditions were perfect.

The start of the Reebok Grand Prix was delayed by an hour due to storms in the area.  About halfway through the meet, a thunderstorm hit, cooling the track. The tailwind was measured at 1.7 meters-per-second, .3 under the legal limit at which a record can be set.

Bolt lined up beside Tyson Gay who last year ran 9.76, aided by a +2.2 m/s wind.  Others in the lineup included American Darvis Patton, who has pused Bolt close in the past, Mike Rodgers, a World Indoor 60m finalist, 200m speciallists Xavier Carter and Shawn Crawford, as well as Antiguan young star Daniel Bailey.

Watch the Race here

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