Pos Athlete Mark Country
1 Justin Gatlin 9.74 United States USA
2 Asafa Powell 9.84 Jamaica JAM
3 Ryan Bailey 9.93 United States USA
4 Clayton Vaughn 9.93 United States USA
5 Marvin Bracy 9.95 United States USA


Pos Athlete Mark Country
1 Elaine Thompson 10.92 Jamaica JAM
2 Jenna Prandini 10.92 United States USA
3 Dafne Schippers 10.94 Netherlands NED
4 Michelle-Lee Ahye 10.97 Trinidad And Tobago TTO
5 Kelly-Ann Baptiste 10.98 Trinidad And Tobago TTO


Pos Athlete Mark Country
1 Usain Bolt 9.58 Jamaica JAM
2 Tyson Gay 9.69 United States USA
3 Yohan Blake 9.69 Jamaica JAM
4 Asafa Powell 9.72 Jamaica JAM
5 Justin Gatlin 9.74 United States USA


Pos Athlete Mark Country
1 Florence Griffith-Joyner 10.49 United States USA
2 Carmelita Jeter 10.64 United States USA
3 Marion Jones 10.65 United States USA
4 Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce 10.70 Jamaica JAM
5 Christine Arron 10.73 France FRA


100 metres

How it works

Runners race for 100m down the home straight of a 400m track. They start from blocks and run in lanes.

A reaction time – measured by sensors in the starting pistol and on the blocks – of less than 0.1 is deemed a false start and runners will be recalled, and the responsible athlete disqualified.


The 'stade' (192m race) was part of the Ancient Olympics.

In more modern times the 100 yards (91.44m) was adopted as the foremost sprint – it was part of the Commonwealth Games until 1966 – but the classic 100m distance, the Blue Riband event, has been part of the Olympics since 1896.

Did you know

Sprinters will typically reach their peak speed between 50m and 60m.

Gold standard

Of the 28 Olympic finals to date, American men have won more than half of them with 17. But Jamaica has taken the four most recent Olympic golds with Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce achieving back-to-back wins in 2008 and 2012. 


Jesse Owens

The phenomenal black American athlete humiliated Adolf Hitler, who intended to use the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin as a showcase for 'Aryan superiority', by winning gold in the 100m, 200m, Long Jump and 4x100m.

Gail Devers

This US sprinter bounced back from Graves’ disease, a thyroid disorder, to win back-to-back Olympic titles at Barcelona (1992) and Atlanta (1996). She also landed three 100m Hurdles world titles in a long and prolific career.