Usain Bolt is recognized as the fastest man alive, but it's time for him to hang up his running shoes for good. The Jamaican sprinter will compete in his final race at the World Championships in London later this month. What are Usain Bolt's world records?
Bolt set 15 world records during his career, including the longest streak of consecutive 100-meter races without a defeat (9). His 9-year-old record is now held by American Justin Gatlin.
His final world record was also the fastest human being has ever traveled over 200 meters on the track. He achieved this feat on August 7th in Beijing when the 9.58-second clock ran out. That's more than three full seconds faster than the previous record.
Bolt announced his retirement on Twitter on March 16th, 2017. "I'm hanging up my spikes. Thank you for everything," he wrote. He added a second tweet: "I'll always remember my last two runs. 9.58 and 9.63. I think that's history right there."
The 33-year-old Bolt said he made the decision after considering different options available to athletes at the end of their careers. "Running is hard, especially at the highest level where you need to be healthy enough to deal with all the stress and injuries of the sport," he told ESPN.
His time in the 200 meter event was 18.90 seconds, which was 0.21 seconds quicker than the world record established by sprinting icon Usain Bolt in the World Championships in 2009, when he beat his own previous world mark set in 2008 by 0.11 seconds.
Lyles's time is also fast compared to other black Americans who have run this distance. In fact, it's the second fastest time ever recorded by a male African-American athlete (only Michael Johnson has run faster). Johnson broke the old record with a time of 19.03 at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
Lyles's time remains unratified but it's likely that it will be accepted by the IAAF since its rules state that a time can only be rejected if it is determined by doping tests to not have been achieved under fair conditions. Since all of Lyles's results since 2015 have been disqualified, there's no way for him to change this record unless another athlete breaks it first.
However, it must be noted that although Noah Lyles's time is fast, it's not the time of any ordinary athlete. He has trained full time since he was 17 years old and runs on a track team at Clemson University, where he studies business marketing. His lifetime best time is only the second best on his team - the best being 1:01.04 set by a Canadian athlete named Andre DeGrasse.
Usain Bolt holds the world record for the 100-meter dash with a timing of 9.58 seconds. However, that record appears to have been beaten, and by an Indian! According to sources, Karnataka's Srinivasa Gowda has surpassed Usain Bolt's record by sprinting 100 meters in 9.55 seconds. The 21-year-old athlete achieved this milestone last month at a national championship held in Bangalore.
Gowda was expected to break the record later this year when he would have been eligible to do so while competing under the Olympic banner but now it looks like his journey will have to continue without this opportunity. His time of 9.55 seconds is about 0.1 seconds faster than Bolt's record and has qualified him for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as an independent athlete. There are rules in place since 1971 when American Carl Lewis broke John Carlos's and Peter Norman's marks to become the first man to win three gold medals in one event at the Munich Games. Independent athletes are allowed only one chance every four years to meet the qualification standard. If they fail to do so, their results from previous attempts cannot be used again. In other words, if Gowda had failed to break the record, his chances of winning more medals in the future would have been ruled out.
Currently, there are no Indians who have managed to break any global record in athletics. If Gowda's time is confirmed by the governing body, it will be the first record ever broken by an Indian athlete.
In 9.58 seconds What is Usain Bolt's world record time for the 100m? At the 2009 World Championships, Bolt ran the fastest ever 100m in 9.58 seconds. No other track athlete has ever come within a tenth of a second of that mark, with Tyson Gay and Yohan Blake both clocking in at 9.69 seconds. Bolt has also held the world record for the 200m since 2008 when he ran 19.32 seconds at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing. No one has been under 20 seconds since Andre Coleman came close in 1993 with a 199m heat record of 19.98 seconds.
Bolt's lifetime bests are located on the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Services (JAAAAS) website. His time for 100 meters is 9.58 seconds, which he set on August 28, 2009 at the World Championships in Berlin. He also has a 200 meter time of 20.0 seconds. Both times were set in Kingston, Jamaica.
Before becoming an international sports star, Bolt was a successful sprinter on the Jamaican national team. In 2004, he broke the American record with a 9.96-second run in Beograd. Two years later in Athens, Greece, he improved this time by nearly half a second to become the first runner under 10 seconds.
He turned professional in 2005 and has not looked back since.