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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.

IN THE FIRST OF A NEW SERIES, WE PRESENT A STA­TIS­TI­CAL SUM­MARY OF THE SPRINT SHOWPIECE

WORDS: STEVE SMYTHE PIC­TURES: MARK SHEAR­MAN

Usain Bolt: de­feated Justin Gatlin in Bei­jing three years ago

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