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PostPosted: Wed Aug 11, 2004 9:50 am    Post subject: 100m world record Reply with quote

The 100 metres has to be one of the highlights of the Olympics, don't you think. What are the chances of the record being broken at Athens 2004?

The 100m world record is currently held by Tim Montgomery of Gaffney, South Carolina, USA. He is officially the world's fastest man, clocking an incredible 100 m time of 9.78 seconds at the 2002 International Association of Athletics Federations final in Paris, France. As well as securing the world record, he picked up a pay packet of $250,000 $50,000 for coming first, $100,000 for achieving the highest number of Grand Prix points and $100,000 for setting the world record. Can't be bad.

Progress in the one hundred metres over the years has understandably slowed, and it's now hundredths of seconds that tend to be shaved, rather than tenths. Here's a brief history:

12.0secs Tom Burke, 1896
10.8 Reggie Walker, 1908
10.3 Jesse Owens, 1936
9.95 Jim Hines, 1968
9.93 Calvin Smith, 1983
9.92 Carl Lewis, 1988
9.90 Leroy Burrell, 1990
9.86 Carl Lewis, 1991
9.85 Leroy Burrell, 1994
9.84 Donovan Bailey, 1996
9.79 Maurice Greene, 1999
9.78 Tim Montgomery, 2002

So, can we expect Montgomery's time of 9.78 seconds to be broken at Athens? Will the conditions be right? Who is the most likely contender to be the next world record holder at this event?

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2005 8:57 am    Post subject: Re: 100m world record Reply with quote

aaron wrote:
So, can we expect Montgomery's time of 9.78 seconds to be broken at Athens?


Funnily enough, the record was broken at Athens! Very Happy (but not at the Athens Olympics as my question at the time was implying).

Jamaican Asafa Powell set a new men's 100m record of 9.77 seconds at the Athens Olympic Stadium on Tuesday. He had predicted earlier this week that he would beat Tim Montgomery's previous best of 9.78, which the American set in Paris three years ago.

The 22-year-old stunned a quality field but had to wait several minutes for the time and wind level to be checked before the record was confirmed.

Congrats to him! Clap

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2005 3:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeh well done powell. The humanb race is just getting faster and faster.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 18, 2005 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeh, who knows what the record wil be in 50 years time.....
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 18, 2005 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I reckon 9.50 secs.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2005 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It might be faster still. In the last 10 years, approximately a tenth of a second has been shaved off the time. If this continued at a similar rate, then in 50 years we'd expect half a second knocked off, so we could be looking at a time of nearer 9.3s. Admittedly, though, the rate at which the times are improving is also slowing, so maybe something like 9.4s is more realistic to allow for this.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2005 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

But to add to that note as time goes by our knowledge becomes greater and so scientific advances are made. If big advances are made, of which im sure they will, then we should be able to see a decent change in the times.
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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2006 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Update from the BBC:

Justin Gatlin has been sensationally denied the world 100 metres record he had claimed last Friday in Qatar. Governing body the International Association of Athletics Federations has revealed that Gatlin ran 9.766 seconds, not 9.7 secs as first thought.

According to IAAF rules, that time should have been manually rounded up to 9.77 secs - matching but not beating Asafa Powell's existing world record.

Gatlin had said on Friday: "I feel like I'm the best of the best."

The dramatic news will come as a huge shock to world and Olympic champion Gatlin, who thought he had proved himself the greatest sprinter in the world with his 'record' in Doha.

But it adds even more intrigue to the rapidly-developing rivalry between Gatlin and Powell.

Gatlin will also be confident of lowering the new mark - particularly as he has been aiming to peak later in the season.

He said on Friday: "I had a horrible start and I know I can do better.

"The timing could be further improved this year, probably in Europe."

The IAAF said it acted after being informed of the error by Tissot Timing.

Jamaican Powell set his record in Athens last year, beating the 9.78 secs run by discredited American sprinter Tim Montgomery.

Gatlin and Powell will renew their rivalry when they go head-to-head for the first time this season at the Gateshead Grand Prix on 11 June.

The pair last met on the track at the London Grand Prix last July but Gatlin cruised to victory as Powell pulled up with a groin injury which also kept him out of the world championships.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 20, 2006 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DanG wrote:
Yeh, who knows what the record wil be in 50 years time.....


Maybe 8,99 Shocked
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 21, 2006 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe we can see a sub-9s 100m before the turn of the century but I don't think it'll happen in the next 50 years.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 21, 2006 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't imagine how ridiculous that would look running at that speed. I mean they are insanely fast at the moment!!
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2006 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2006 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A great run by him. Well done. Asafa's record didnt last long like some others. Shocked

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2006 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Worryingly, a lot of recent "records" have been marred by later disqualifications.

Of course, we all know about Ben Johnson but, more recently...

Tim Montgomery's time of 9.78 mentioned at the beginning of this post was disallowed following disqualification for banned drug use, and the same was the case with Justin Gatlin's record-equalling time of 9.77.

Let's hope that Powell's records stand the test of time, else all these bans are really going to throw the event into something of a sham.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2006 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quite. It remains to be seen just how big an impact drugs have on performance. The time will probably depend to a large extent on how serious the IAAF are at cracking down on drug use.
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