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Who is the Fastest Man in the World?Fastest Sprinters in History

Check out our list of the top ten quickest 100m sprinters in history. Who is the fastest man in the world? Currently the answer is Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, he’s also the fastest man in history with a world record time of 9.58 seconds. The fastest woman is history is Florence Griffith-Joyner with a world record time of 10.49. Take a look at the other fastest people ever, what countries are they from? Are humans getting faster? Note that the records are accurate as of August 2012 and do not include a number of times set by athletes who used performance enhancing drugs. Enjoy our top ten lists of the fastest men and women in history as well as all our other fun science facts for kids.

 

Fastest Male 100m Sprinters in History

Number
Time (seconds)
Athlete name
Nationality
Date
Location
1.
9.58
Usain Bolt
Jamaica
16 August 2009
Berlin
2.
9.69
Tyson Gay
USA
20 September 2009
Shanghai
2.
9.69
Yohan Blake
Jamaica
23 August 2012
Lausanne
4.
9.72
Asafa Powell
Jamaica
2 September 2008
Lausanne
5.
9.78
Nesta Carter
Jamaica
29 August 2010
Rieti
6.
9.79
Maurice Greene
USA
16 June 1999
Athens
6.
9.79
Justin Gatlin
USA
5 August 2012
London
8.
9.80
Steve Mullings
Jamaica
4 June 2011
Eugene
9.
9.84
Donovan Bailey
Canada
27 July 1996
Atlanta
9.
9.84
Bruny Surin
Canada
22 August 1999
Seville

 

Fastest Female 100m Sprinters in History

Number
Time (seconds)
Athlete name
Nationality
Date
Location
1.
10.49
Florence Griffith-Joyner
USA
16 July 1988
Indianapolis
2.
10.64
Carmelita Jeter
USA
20 September 2009
Shanghai
3.
10.65
Marion Jones
USA
12 September 1998
Johannesburg
4.
10.70
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
Jamaica
29 June 2012
Kingston
5.
10.73
Christine Arron
France
19 August 1998
Budapest
6.
10.74
Merlene Ottey
Jamaica
7 September 1996
Milan
7.
10.75
Kerron Stewart
Jamaica
10 July 2009
Rome
8.
10.76
Evelyn Ashford
USA
22 August 1984
Zurich
8.
10.76
Veronica Campbell-Brown
Jamaica
31 May 2011
Ostrava
10.
10.77
Irina Privalova
Russia
6 July 1994
Lausanne
10.
10.77
Ivet Lalova
Bulgaria
19 June 2004
Plovdiv

 


 

 

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