by Carson Love | November 14, 2020
The 100-meter dash is beautiful in its simplicity. As a short-distance sprint, it is actually the shortest event in major competitions. World-class sprinters can usually run 100 meters in under 10 seconds, and the world record holder in this race can officially call themselves the fastest human on the planet.
Usain Bolt is probably the first name that comes to mind when discussing the 100-meter dash. He is probably the first athlete you think of when discussing sprinting. He has broken the world record for the 100 meters on three occasions. He recorded a time of 9.72 seconds in May of 2008. He broke that record only a few months later in the 2008 Olympics with a time of 9.69 seconds. He would improve his time by over a tenth of a second at the 2009 World Championships with a time of 9.58 seconds. This was the largest improvement of the world record since the introduction of electronic timing. In addition, Bolt is also the record holder for the 200 meters and the 4×100-meter relay.