Jamaica is known for their sprinter and now they have three at the top of the World with Asafa Powell, Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake.
WORLD’S BEST SPRINTERS, BOLT, POWELL & GAY
How do they do it? Jamaican sprinters Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell, along with American Tyson Gay are the fastest men on the planet.
Both Bolt and Powell share the fastest time this year of 9.82 seconds with Bolt being the World Record holder in the 100 meters.
Bolt’s 9.82 seconds came on July 9th during competition in Lausanne, Switzerland, while Powell hit that time on June 10th during a meet in Rome.
Powell is the last person to have beaten the “Lightning Bolt” in the 100, during a meet in 2008 in Stockholm. Bolt has improved considerably since his last defeat and now is the 100 and 200 meter World Champion.
Outside of Bolt, Powell and Gay is French national champion, Christophe Lemaitre, who set a personal best time in the 100 of 9.98 seconds in front of his home crowd.
In 2009 Bolt set a French record by clocking 9.79 seconds, but was way off his World Record of 9.58 seconds.
Naturally, a meet with Bolt, Powell, Gay and Lemaitre would be a track & field fans dream come true. But how does a tiny country of Jamaica produce two of the world’s best sprinters?
Jamaican sprinter and world record holder, Usain Bolt, continues his winning ways by winning the 100 meters in Daegu, South Korea, earlier this week with a dominating 9.86 seconds time.
Bolt, who is also the world record holder in the 200 meter dash, will race in that event in Shanghai on Sunday.
It was a start of the season for Bolt who owns the world record in the 100 with a time of 9.58 seconds and is the world record holder in the 200 at 19.19 seconds.
After the race in Daegu, Bolt was satisfied with his performance but realized that he still need to work “on a few things.” “I’ll try to give my fans a good show,” he said of his upcoming race in Shanghai.
Bolt along with Asafa Powell, Michael Frater and Nesta Carter ran and won the Olymipic Games in Beijing doing the 4×100 relay in world record time for that event in a blistering time of 37.31 seconds.
|World Champion, 400m (’09)|
|-||American Record Holder~400m dash 48.70sec|
|-||Most sub-50 400meter races in history|
|-||2-time Olympic 4x400m gold medalist and 400m bronze medalist (’04, ’08)|
|-||5-time USA Outdoor Champion (’03, ’05, ’06, ’08, ’09);|
|-||2-time World Outdoor 4x400m gold medalist (’05, ’07)|
|-||IAAF World Athlete of the Year and Jesse Owens Award winner (2006)|
|-||World Outdoor silver medalist (2005))|
|-||Visa Champion and Humanitarian Athlete of the Year (2005))|
|100 metres||9.58||Berlin, Germany||16 August 2009||Also shares the second fastest time of 9.69 with Tyson Gay. Usain’s 9.69 set the Olympic record in 2008.|
|150 metres||14.35||Manchester, United Kingdom||17 May 2009||World best||He ran the last 100 m in 8.70, the fastest ever recorded time over a 100 m distance.|
|200 metres||19.19||Berlin, Germany||20 August 2009||Also holds the second fastest time with 19.30, which is the Olympic Record.|
|400 metres||45.28||Kingston, Jamaica||5 May 2007|
|4 x 100 metres relay||37.10||Beijing, China||22 August 2008||Shared with Asafa Powell, Michael Frater and Nesta Carter. Also holds the second fastest time with 37.31.|