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Usain Bolt is the world’s fastest runner.

 

Usain Bolt is the world’s fastest runner.



There have been many record-breaking speeds humans have run for both long-distance runs as well as sprints.

In 2009, Usain Bolt broke the world record for the fastest 100-meter sprint, completing it in only 9.58 seconds.

Running speeds are measured by meters and time, meaning that Bolt’s record-breaking run was 10.44 meters per second.

That’s equivalent to 23.35 miles per hour.

Usain Bolt, however, was already in possession of the title and was only bettering his own times.

The Jamaican first held the 100m world record in 2008 at the Reebok Grand Prix in the Icahn Stadium in New York. He clocked 9.72 seconds to beat fellow Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell’s record of 9.74 seconds set at the IAAF Grand Prix in Rieti, Italy, a year earlier.

In New York, Bolt beat US sprinter Tyson Gay, the then reigning world champion, by over a second to win the gold medal.

Just months later in August 2008, Bolt ran a 9.69 seconds at the Beijing Olympics to win gold in the 100m and better his own record. At the 2009 World Championships, Bolt was only putting his own record beyond the competition’s reach.

By the time he retired in 2017, Bolt’s 9.69 seconds at the 2008 Olympics was his third-best time in the 100m.

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