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In a new series Steve Smythe offers the definitive statistical summary for each track and field event, starting with 100m
THE 100m is the shortest track event in an outdoor championships and was first run in the inaugural modern Olympics in 1896.
The USA’s total haul of 17 Olympic golds in the discipline makes them the most successful nation.
THE Jamaican retired after the World Championships in London last year but is still the sport’s biggest name and one of the most famous men in the world.
He initially focused exclusively on the 200m in his first two World Championships – in 2005 and 2007 – but won the Beijing Olympic Games 100m in 2008 in a world record 9.69 and improved that to the stillstanding world record of 9.58 in Berlin the following year to win his first world 100m title.
No-one has run within a metre of that time since, with the best of the rest
being 9.69 by American Tyson Gay and Jamaica’s Yohan Blake.
Famed for his relaxed persona on the start line and his lightning Bolt celebration, in 2011 Bolt sensationally failed to retain his world title due to a false start and the title was won by training partner Blake.
With Bolt defending his Olympic title easily in London in 2012, he regained his world crown in 2013 in 9.77 and won once again in 2015 as he famously defeated Justin Gatlin.
In 2016, Bolt then won his third
Olympic title in Rio in 9.81 but his last championships proved disappointing as he could only finish third in London.
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WORDS: STEVE SMYTHE PICTURES: MARK SHEARMAN
Usain Bolt: defeated Justin Gatlin in Beijing three years ago