Top Ten Fastest 100 Meter Sprinters in History


All human posses the natural ability to run on their feet, sprinters take this to another level. The top speed of an incredibly Olympic sprinter can reach up to 40 kmph fast. Sprint events have traditionally been an exciting affair during any sporting meet and as such they are still pretty popular. The best sprinters are treated as a sports icon worldwide and are a subject to much media scrutiny.

1Usain Bolt (Jamaica) –  9.58 seconds

The 100m Olympic record was set by Bolt at the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing.

2Tyson Gay (United States) – 9.69 seconds

2008 U.S. Olympic Trials, Gay also ran a wind-aided 9.68.

3Asafa Powell (Jamaica) – 9.72 seconds

Asafa Powell ran his fastest world record during heats at the 2007 IAAF Rieti Grand Prix.

4Maurice Greene (United States) – 9.79 seconds

Maurice Greene ran this since passed world record time in 1999.

5Donovan Bailey (Canada) –9.84 seconds

Bailey returned Canada to glory with his 9.84 record-breaking run at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.

6Bruny Surin (Canada) – 9.84 seconds

Burny Surin second place finish of 9.84 at the 1999 World Championships was the fastest silver medal.

7Leroy Burrell (United States) – 9.85 seconds

Leroy Burrell had twice set the world record in the 100 metres with a 9.90 in 1991 and 9.85 in 1994.

8Justin Gatlin (United States) –9.85 seconds

justin Gatlin at the 2004 Olympics with a gold metal winning 9.85 second run.

9Olusoji Fasuba (Nigeria) –9.85 seconds

Olusoji Fasuba holds the 100 metre sprinting with a 9.85 at the Doha Grand Prix in 2006.

10Carl Lewis (United States) –9.86 seconds

Carl Lewis has won nine Olympic gold medals and eight World Championship gold medals.