8 Fastest 100 Meter Dash Times Of All Time

Most people think that the men’s 100-meter dash is the most important sprinting event in the world, and the sprinter who holds the world record for his event is sometimes called the “World’s Fastest Man.”

In 1912, Donald Lippincott of the United States ran the 100 meters in 10.6 seconds in the preliminary round of the Stockholm 1912 Olympics, setting a new world record that the International Association of Athletics Federations would later recognize.

Men’s 100-meter dash records haven’t lasted more than three years or months since 1987. The current record was established by Jamaican great Usain Bolt in August 2009, about 13 years ago.

The following are the fastest performances in the history of the 100-meter dash.

8. Fred Kerley

Record Time: 9.76
Date: June 24, 2022
Location: Eugene, United States
 Country of Origin: United States

Fred Kerleyphoto source:  Wikimedia Commons

Born in Texas, Fred Kerley first gained attention as a high school 200-meter runner before winning the 400-meter event at the indoor and outdoor NCAA championships in 2017.

Kerley has retained a powerful foot over 400 meters and is most recently renowned for his appearances over 100 and 200 meters. Kerley won the 100-meter gold medal at the 2022 World Athletics Championships and became the eighth-fastest athlete in history over 400 meters.

Did You Know:

In 2019, Fred Kerley was a U.S. 4x400m relay team member that won the global championship and earned the bronze medal in the 400m solo event at the World Athletics Championships.

7. Trayvon Bromell

Record Time: 9.76
Date: September 18, 2021
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
 Country of Origin: United States

Trayvon Bromellphoto source:  Reuters

Trayvon Bromell is a professional sprinter from the United States who competes in track and field. He was honored as the Gatorade National Track and Field Athlete of the Year in addition to his victories in the 2013 Pan American Junior Championships, where he won both the gold and bronze medals.

With a 100-meter dash best of 9.77 seconds, he ranks as the world’s seventh-fastest man of all time. In addition to representing the United States in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, he won the global indoor 60-meter title in 2016.

Did You Know:

Bromell was born into a family of athletes. His father, Cashmere, played Canadian League football, and his mother, Shri Sanders, was a high school sprinter.

6. Christian Coleman

Record Time: 9.76
Date: September 28, 2019
Location: Doha, Qatar
 Country of Origin: United States

Christian Colemanphoto source:  Wikimedia Commons

Christian Coleman, who is only 26 years old, has already won multiple medals and championships in track and field and seems to be on course to win more during his remarkable career.

In 2019, Christian Coleman won the gold medal for the United States in the men’s 100-meter final at the World Athletics Championships in Doha with a timing of 9.76 seconds. He owns personal records of 9.76 seconds for the 100 meters, making him the sixth-fastest athlete in the 100 meters ever, and 19.85 seconds for the 200 meters.

Coleman holds the 60-meter indoor world record with a time of 6.34 seconds. He was the IAAF Diamond League winner in 2018 and the top-ranked 100-meter sprinter in the world in 2017 and 2018.

Did You Know:

After qualifying for the Olympic relay squad, Coleman received a tattoo of the Olympic rings on his left arm.

5. Justin Gatlin

Record Time: 9.74
Date: May 15, 2015
Location: Doha, Qatar
 Country of Origin: United States

Justin Gatlinphoto source:  Wikimedia Commons

Throughout his two-decade career, Justin Gatlin has witnessed the highs and lows of track and field. Although he remains a divisive figure in the sport, Gatlin is the 100-meter sprinter with the most medals at major competitions, having won three Olympic and five World Championship medals.

The Brooklyn sprinter turned pro after two years in college to prepare for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. After finishing second in the U.S. Olympic Trials and earning a berth on the squad in Athens, he went on to win the 100 meters, one of three medals he won at those Games.

In Helsinki the following year, he won the 100- and 200-meter doubles for his first world championship. The American broke the 100-meter world record in May 2006. Nevertheless, he was suspended at the end of July after failing a drug test in April. Gatlin only returned to athletics in 2010 after his world record was invalidated.

Gatlin improved his personal record to 9.74 seconds at the Qatar Athletic Super Grand Prix on May 15, 2015. His time was the fastest in the world since August 2012, when Yohan Blake ran 9.69 seconds. It was the ninth-best performance in history, elevating Gatlin to the fifth-best 100-meter sprinter.

Did You Know:

He appeared in the reality television show “Pros vs. Joes,” which teams professional athletes against amateurs.

4. Asafa Powell

Record Time: 9.72
Date: September 2, 2008
Location: Lausanne, Switzerland
 Country of Origin: Jamaica

Asafa Powellphoto source:  Sports Illustrated

Asafa Powell was born on November 23, 1982, in Spanish Town, Jamaica, to Cislyn and William Powell. He is the youngest of their six children. His parents are also pastors. Powell has routinely broken the 10-second barrier in competition, and his 9.72-second personal best places him fourth all-time among men’s 100-meter runners.

He presently owns the 100-yard dash world record with a timing of 9.09 seconds, set on May 27, 2010, in Ostrava, Czech Republic. At the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, he won gold in the 4 x 100-meter relay. Powell participated in the 100 m at the Olympics in 2004, 2008, and 2012, placing fifth in 2004 and 2008 and eighth in 2012 after suffering a groin injury.

At the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, he earned a bronze medal in the 100 m and a silver medal in the 4 x 100 m relay, while at the Commonwealth Games, he won two gold medals and one silver medal.

During the 2009 World Championships, he earned bronze in the 100 meters and gold in the relay. Powell has won the IAAF World Athletics Final five times and formerly held the 100-meter world record.

Did You Know:

In 2007, Asafa Powell was recognized on February 3 at the International Sports Group (ISG) Award Banquet held in New York. The same year, he was nominated for the Laureus World Sports Award as Sportsman of the Year.

3. Yohan Blake

Record Time: 9.69
Date: August 23, 2012
Location: Lausanne, Switzerland
 Country of Origin: Jamaica

Yohan Blakephoto source:  Wikimedia Commons

Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake holds the 100-meter dash junior record in his country. “The Beast,” as his fans call him, is the second-fastest senior in history’s 100- or 200-meter sprint.

While still a student at St. Jago High School in Spanish Town, Jamaica, he was already a talented cricketer when one of his instructors saw his quick feet and suggested he try sprinting. Blake quickly became a standout. He ran 10.11 in the 100 meters at age 16, the best time ever recorded for a junior in Jamaican sprinting history.

Blake raced the 100 meters in 9.69 seconds in the Athletissima Diamond League competition in Lausanne, Switzerland, on August 23, 2012, making him tied for second all-time behind Usain Bolt with Tyson Gay.

Jamaica’s defending champion made it to the 100-meter final in Rio, where Usain Bolt won for the third consecutive year in 9.81 seconds, beating off American Justin Gatlin and Canadian Andre De Grasse. Blake placed fourth, missing out on the medals by 0.02 seconds.

Did You Know:

Blake is quite active in many different philanthropic organizations.

2. Tyson Gay

Record Time: 9.69
Date: September 20, 2009
Location: Shanghai, China
 Country of Origin: United States

Tyson Gayphoto source:  Flickr

Tyson Gay, a three-time world champion, is the second-fastest man and the fastest American in history. At the Shanghai Golden Grand Prix, former world champion Gay ran the second-fastest 100 meters in history, matching Usain Bolt’s previous world record of 9.69 seconds.

Gay’s timing equaled the record set by Usain Bolt when he won the 100m final at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Unfortunately, due to an injury, Gay could not compete in the final.

Both his grandmother and mother were talented athletes; his mother, Daisy, competed as a young woman despite becoming pregnant with Gay when she was just a teenager. Tiffany, the older sister of Gay, was an accomplished sprinter in high school.

Tiffany and Tyson Gay, with their mother’s encouragement, raced at every chance, training rigorously at school and on the hills in their neighborhood. There was intense competition between the two, and Gay stated that his sister’s fast response speed motivated him to develop.

Did You Know:

In May 2010, Gay established a new world record for the 200 meters straight at the Great City Games in Manchester. He ran 19.41 seconds to smash Tommie Smith’s 44-year-old record by 0.09 seconds.

1. Usain Bolt

Record Time: 9.58
Date: August 16, 2009
Location: Berlin, Germany
 Country of Origin: Jamaica

Usain Boltphoto source:  Wikimedia Commons

On August 16, 2009, at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, Germany, Usain Bolt set a new world record for the fastest 100-meter run of all time with a time of 9.58.

A year earlier, the 22-year-old Jamaican shaved a mind-boggling 0.11 seconds off the 9.69-second mark he established at the Olympic Games in Beijing. Bolt’s primary competitors, Americans Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell of Jamaica placed second and third, respectively.

Bolt is one of the greatest sprinters ever, having won gold medals in the 100-meter and 200-meter races at three consecutive Olympic Games.

At the 2008 Olympic Games, Bolt became the first man since American Carl Lewis in 1984 to win the 100 meters, 200 meters, and four-person 100-meter relay and the first to establish world records in all three events (9.69 seconds, 19.30 seconds, and 37.10 seconds, respectively).

Did You Know:

After each race, photographers frequently capture Bolt doing his famous “lightning bolt” stance for the camera.

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