Usain Bolt’s 100m World Record Becomes Longest Standing After Surpassing Jim Hines

Usain Bolt’s 100m World Record Becomes Longest Standing After Surpassing Jim Hines

Edwin Kiplagat
May 10, 2024 at 2:39 PM
  • Usain Bolt's 100m world record has stood since August 2009
  • The Jamaican legend clocked 9.58 seconds to win the world title
  • The 37-year-old's 100m world record is now the longest-standing

Usain Bolt may have retired in 2017 but is still breaking records. The Jamican's 100m world record is not the longest-standing in history.

The eight-time Olympic gold medalist surpassed American track and field legend, Jim Hines, the first man to run 100m under 10 seconds.

Usain Bolt. Usain Bolt's 100m world record, Jamaica, Olympics, 2009 World Athletics Champions, Asafa Powell, Jim Hines
Usain Bolt celebrates after setting a new 100m world record in Berlin. Photo by Mark Dadswell.
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Bolt was the best sprinter for a decade between 2008 and 2017. He shattered the 100m and 200m world records and won eight straight Olympic gold medals in the two distances.

He first set the 100m record in 2008 (9.69 seconds) in 2008 before lowering it exactly a year later at the 2009 World Championships (9.58), per World Athletics.

Bolt has now held the 100m world record for 14 years, eight months and 23 days, according to the Canadian Running Magazine.

Hines clocked a world record of 9.95 seconds at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. It stood until 1983, when Calvin Smith broke it after clocking 9.93 seconds.

No sprinter has come close to breaking Bolt's record since 2009. Two athletes have run under 9.7 seconds.

"I really don't know, I think the 100m's going to be harder (to break) because it's quicker, and if you make a mistake during the race you're not going to get it. It's a lot more technical, so I think maybe the 100m's going to go last," Bolt said via the Olympics.

Bolt discusses his biggest regret

Sports Brief earlier reported on Bolt speaking about the biggest regret of his career.

The 37-year-old said his biggest regret is not lowering the 200m world record. In 2009, Bolt clocked 19.19 seconds to win the world title.

No athlete has come close to matching that mark, and if he had lowered it, it would've definitely been untouchable.

Asafa Powell comments on Bolt's record

Sports Brief also earlier reported that former 100m world record holder, Asafa Powell, said Bolt's 100m record will not be touched for a long time.

Yohan Blake and Tyson Gay are the only athletes to run under 9.7 seconds. No other athlete has clocked under 9.6 seconds since 2012.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.