Have you ever wondered who the fastest men in the world are? Can you give just one name of the fastest runner you know? Well, do not begin to rack your brain. The 100 meters or 100-meter dash is sprint race in both track and field events. No doubt, it is one of the most popular events in athletics which has been challenged at the Summer Olympics since 1896 for men and 1928 for the women.
The 10-seconds challenge used in track and field events was a barrier before but now we see that the 10 seconds has now become less significant since the late 1990s as we witness a good number of runners outperforming the 10 seconds challenge.
Let’s take a quick look at the list of the top 10 fastest runners in the world
10. Bruny Surin
Time frame: 9.84seconds
Canadian Olympic style sports athlete Bruny Surin effectively broke the 10-seconds challenge in the 100-meter dash at the 1999 World Championships in Seville, where he won the Silver Medal for finishing the race in 9.84 seconds. He is likewise incredibly famous for his exceptional performance in the 4x100m relay race at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, USA.
9. Donovan Bailey
Time frame: 9.84seconds
Canadian sprinter Donovan Bailey (though retired) accomplished his World Record for the 100-meter dash when he won the Gold Medal for this occasion at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, the USA where he crossed the end line in 9.84 seconds. He was the first Canadian sprinter to legitimately break the 10-second challenge in this occasion.
8. Steve Mullings
Time frame: 9.80seconds
At 28 years old, Jamaican sprinter Steve Mullings broke the 10-seconds challenge for the 100 meters sprint for the first time and it is worthy to also note that he has broken the record a multiple of times. He crossed the finishing line in 9.80 seconds in Eugene, Oregon, USA on 4 June 2011, procuring him his place in the list of the top 10 fastest runners in the world.
7. Maurice Greene
Time frame: 9.79seconds
Maurice Greene happens to be a Four-time Olympic medal winner victor and five-time World Champion from America (Though retired) in both the 100 meter and the 200-meter dashes. He accomplished the World Record for the fastest 100-meter dash in Athens, Greece on 16 June 1999, where he ran the race in 9.79 seconds.
6. Nesta Carter
Time frame: 9.78seconds
By finishing the race in 9.78 seconds in Rieti, Italy in 2010, Jamaican sprinter Nesta Carter acquired his position as the fifth fastest 100-meter dash sprinter. He likewise holds World Records in the 4x100m relay race in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the 2011 World Championships and the 2012 London Olympics.
5. Justin Gatlin
Time frame: 9.74seconds
Olympic Gold Medalist and American athlet Justin Gatlin is right now the number 7 fastest sprinter of the acclaimed 100-meter dash. He finished the run in 9.74 seconds, matching Greene’s record, at the 2012 London Olympics where he won the Bronze Award and this added to the fastest 100-meter race ever.
4. Asafa Powell
Time frame: 9.72seconds
The 100-meter dash World Record holder from June 2005 until May 2008, Asafa Powell from Jamaica is yet another fastest runner on our list of top 10 fastest runners in the world. He claimed the number 4 position by running the race in just 9.72 seconds at the Athletissima Grand Prix in Lausanne, Switzerland in 2008. As of October 2012, he has broken the ten-second hindrance in the 100-meter dash multiple times, which is more than some other sprinter.
3. Yohan Blake
Time frame: 9.69 seconds
Otherwise called ‘The Beast’, Yohan Blake is a Jamaican sprinter who ran the 100-meter dash in 9.69 seconds at the Athletissima Diamond League competition in Lausanne, Switzerland in 2012, putting him in the list of the top 10 fastest runners in the world. He additionally accomplished high standings at the 2012 London Olympics, where he came next to Usain Bolt in both the 100 meters and the 200-meter races. He was additionally part of the 4x100m relay race, winning the Gold Medal for Jamaica.
2. Tyson Gay
Time frame: 9.69seconds
Running the 100-meter run in just 9.69 seconds at the Shanghai Golden Grand Prix in September 2009, American sprinter, Tyson Gay is at present the second fastest runner in the world. He strikingly won the 100 meters and 200-meter run also adding to the 4x100m hand-off win for the USA at the 2007 Osaka World Championship. He was the second man to have won all three medals in just a single competition after Maurice Greene.
1. Usain Bolt
Time frame: 9.58seconds
I am quiet sure that this is the only man you may have known. He is popularly viewed right now as the fastest runner in the world. His name is Usain Bolt from Jamaica. He achieved his 100 meter World Record title at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, where he ran the race in a bewildering 9.58 seconds. The first to hold World Records in both the 100-meter dash and the 200 meters run since 1977, Usain Bolt was likewise part of the four-man 4x100m relay race whose team was awarded the Gold Medal at the 2012 London Olympics.