THE first women’s Olympic 100m was in 1928 and has been run in every Games since. The USA are the most successful nation with five gold medals.
NO women have shown quite the same dominance as Bolt over the distance.
Florence Griffith-Joyner was only a world beater for one year and multiple Olympic champions such as Gail Devers and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce were some way from setting any records.
However, Wyomia Tyus can point to two Olympic golds and world records.
The American was still a junior when she ran her first world record. In the 1964 Olympic quarter-finals she clocked 11.2 to equal 1960 champion Wilma Rudolph’s mark, though the electronic time of
11.23 was by far the fastest ever, beating Rudolph’s 11.41.
The conditions in the final were less favourable and Tyus won the gold with 11.49 ahead of Edith Maguire’s 11.61.
In 1965, Tyus ran a hand-timed 11.1 in Kiev in the US v Soviet match to equal the new mark of Ewa Klobukowska and Irena Kirszenstein (Szewinska).
In Mexico 1968 in an Olympic warm-up meeting Tyus again ran 11.1 but she saved the best for the Olympic final. The first ever 11.0 clocking secured her gold and also the fastest ever electrical time of 11.08 in defeating Barbara Ferrell’s 11.15.
Wyomia Tyus: created history in Mexico