The Sprinting Record Usain Bolt Failed To Break During His Prime

The Sprinting Record Usain Bolt Failed To Break During His Prime

Isaac Darko
June 8, 2023 at 3:48 AM
  • Usain Bolt will go down as probably the greatest sprinter of all time
  • There was only record the legend could not break during his prime
  • He produced only the second-fastest performance over 300 metres

Usain Bolt will likely go down in history as the best sprinter ever, both because of the ridiculously high bar he set and the way he seemed to simply dominate his opponents.

The Jamaican athlete, who continues to be the fastest man alive, completely transformed the direction of the sport.

Notably, the 36-year-old's world records in the 100-metre and 200-metre events are still unbeaten.

Usain Bolt, Michael Johnson, 300m, Ostrava, 2010
Usain Bolt just shy of the 300m World record set by Michael Johnson in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Photo by Ian MacNicol
Source: Twitter

However, despite the plethora of records the speedy Jamaican does hold, there is one that eludes him, as reported by Essentially Sports.

Bolt sets 100m, 200m records

According to GMS, Bolt ran his fastest race ever at the Berlin World Athletics Championships in 2009.

He ran the 100m distance in an incredible 09.58 seconds. In addition, he ran the 200m in 19.19 seconds, both of which are current world records.

Bolt is also part of the 4x100 relay record set by the Jamaican team at the 2012 London Olympics.

Bolt misses out on world record

However, in a video uploaded on YouTube, Bolt failed to break other records when he was in his prime. In 2010, he tried to break the then 300m world record then held by American sprinter, Michael Johnson.

Johnson set the 300m world record in 2000 at 30.85 seconds back in the year 2000.

Bolt could not break this record when he competed at the Ostrava Championship in the Czech Republic in 2010. He came quite close and finished the race at 30.97 seconds.

Who broke Johnson's 300m record?

Wayde van Niekerk ultimately broke the record, having a fantastic time of 30.81 seconds, according to Bleacher Report.

Runner's World SA confirmed the South African sprinter's historic time:

Van Niekerk bested the mark Johnson held in the 300m event since 2000. He is also ahead of Bolt, with the IAA official Twitter account detailing history's swiftest times in this event:

Usain Bolt embraces Noah Lyles

Sports Brief also reported on Noah Lyles obliterating his competitors to set a new World Lead time this season in the 200-metres race at the Racers Grand Prix on June 3 in Kingston, Jamaica.

Lyles, whose top-end speed has often been devastating, featured in his second 200-metre event this season as he seeks to defend his title at the World Athletics Championships later this year.

Among the fans in Kingston was the legendary Usain Bolt, who stood up to embrace the World Champion. The sprint legend is the world record holder, having run 19.19 seconds back in 2009.

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