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.

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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

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