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World’s Fastest: Bolt, Powell and Gay

Asafa Powell celebrates his personal best


   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.

World Record Holder, Usain Bolt

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?


July 22, 2010 Posted by | World Track & Field | , , , , , | Leave a comment