To list the five fastest men ever we have to look outside the top ten 100m times of all-time. In fact, thanks to Usain Bolt’s 9.64 second run in Sunday’s final, we now have to look outside the top 20.
Such is the dominance of four men that Nesta Carter’s 9.78 in 2010 is now only the 21st fastest run all time. The Jamaican trio of Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell and Yohan Blake combined with the American Tyson Gay, have been pushing each other to new heights since before the last Olympics and the four men now dominate the record sheets.
Here are the five fastest men of all-time and the races that made them so.
1. Usain Bolt
Newly recrowned Olympic 100m champion Usain Bolt’s 9.64 seconds in the final now means he holds the three fastest 100m times in history. After breaking the world record in the 2008 Olympic final in Beijing with a time of 9.69 the Jamaican set the current record of 9.58 seconds in Berlin in 2009. Here it is.
2. Tyson Gay
The American set the 5th fastest time ever, 9.71 seconds, in the race where Usain Bolt ran the fastest time ever. Gay’s best effort came in Shanghai a month later when he ran 9.69 seconds.
3. Asafa Powell
Powell trains with Bolt and Yohan Blake and clearly it’s a formula which is working for all involved. Jamaica is a dominant force in men’s sprinting at the moment and Powell has been a part of that since before Bolt came to prominence. Here he is running his best ever time of 9.72 seconds at the Lausanne GP in 2008.
4. Yohan Blake
A close friend of Bolt’s, Blake really caught the eye when he ran a personal best 9.75 seconds in the Jamaican Olympic trials to beat the champion. There’s plenty more to come from the 22-year old and he’ll continue to push Bolt right up to the next games.
5. Nesta Carter
Another very talented Jamaican sprinter but one who is currently being over-shadowed by Blake and Bolt. He’s a consistent sub 10 second runner with his best ever time coming in Rieti in 2010 when he won in 9.78 seconds to become the fifth fastest man of all time.