What are Usain Bolt’s records on the Olympic track? 100m, 200m …
As we move closer to the men’s 100m and 200m sprint competition at the Tokyo 2020 Games, we already know that a new gold medalist will be crowned in both races. The man who has dominated these events for the past 15 years or so, Usain Bolt, is not among the competitors in an Olympic field for the first time since Beijing in 2008.
Lightning: a dominant force
The great Jamaican, arguably the greatest sprinter of all time, won gold in both events in China, London and Rio to become the the only athlete in history to have achieved a sprint double at three consecutive Games.
While Bolt’s Olympic crown will be passed on to a new holder in the sprint final on Sunday August 1, his world and Olympic records are likely to remain intact for some time.
The fastest man in history soared into public consciousness on the track at Beijing’s Bird’s Nest Stadium, setting world and Olympic records in the 100m and 200m at 9.69 and 19.30 respectively, without any wind-assisted racing. As such, he won Michael Johnson’s world record of 19.32 set at the 1996 Olympics and no one, including Bolt, has ever improved this weather.
Mr Lightning would break his own 100m world record a year later at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, setting a new mark of 9.58. The Olympic record, also owned by Bolt, stands at 9.63 and was set at the London Olympics in 2012.
Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games: 100m and 200m sprint contenders
It will take a race of a lifetime for anyone to beat Bolt’s times at the Tokyo Games. Only two athletes among the 10 best times recorded over 100m in history will line up in Tokyo. Quadruple Olympic medalist Yohan Blake holds the second fastest 100m of all time in 9.69, alongside Tyson Gay, but the former Bolt teammate, now 31 and competing in his last Games, set that mark in 2012 during a meeting in Lausanne. Among the favorites for the title is American sprinter Trayvon Bromell, who clocked 9.77 in Florida last month, the fastest of the year before the Games. Christian Coleman, the reigning 100m world champion with a personal best of 9.76, is serving a ban for failed drug tests.
Rio 2016 silver medalist André de Grasse (PB 9.9), France Jimmy Vicault, the fastest European born sprinter of all time (PB 9.86) and continental record holder for South Africa Akani Simbine (PB 9.84) will all be expected at the start line for the 100m final.
In the 200m, all eyes will be on Noah Lyles, who failed to qualify for the 100m and will try to make up for that disappointment with a win in the longer format, in which he holds the world’s best time of 19.74.
It all starts today! 😱
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Usain Bolt’s Olympic and World Records in the 100m and 200m
100m world: 9.58 seconds
Olympic 100m: 9.63 seconds
World and Olympic 200m: 19.30 seconds