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Could the 100m world record potentially be even faster if Bolt had dipped?

By Michael Siaw Larbi via Quora.


Usain Bolt missed 3 really good chances to set a much lower world record; much much lower than the current 9.58 seconds he set at the 2009 Berlin IAAF World Championships.

Let’s take a look at these 3 otherwise perfect world record-breaking chances;


We all remember this one. It was Bolt’s first major Olympics (I say major because he appeared in the Athens 2004 Olympics). Bolt set a then-new World Record of 9.69 seconds (beating the 9.72 seconds he set earlier that year in New York).

Just look at the results below.

a. Bolt had the second-worst reaction time (second to Churandy Martina)

If Bolt managed to get Thompson or Dix’s reaction time of 0.133 seconds, the world record would definitely have been sub-9.6 seconds. Who knows? Maybe better than 9.58 seconds (current world record)

b. Bolt did THIS

Yes he did. With 20 meters (yes you read right) to go, Bolt slowed down, opened his arms, and hit his chest (classic showboating)….and he still broke the world record!!!

Imagine if he ran full speed to the line. Maybe even 9.58 seconds would have been beaten (for sure)!


c. He ran like THIS

Yes. The guy’s shoelaces were not even done. And he still broke the World Record. Enough said. Put the above 3 situations into perfection, and I can guarantee the World Record would not have been the 9.69 seconds he ran. Maybe something 9.5-ish seconds or 9.4? Who knows?


In Berlin, Bolt was not in to play. No showboating this time as he did in Beijing the previous year. Tyson Gay was in the form of his life (and Bolt knew this). Bolt had to bring his A-game….and he did. Except that…

He did this

He turned around to look at where Tyson Gay was about twice (or thrice) over the course of the 100m race.

If only he concentrated to the end and dipped at the line (and got Richard Thompson’s reaction time), we could have had a lower world record than this….


This event.

London 2012.

This one.

The 9.58 World Record should have (and would have) been broken here.

From the above, we can see the race had a positive tailwind of +1.5 m/s (way better than the +0.9 m/s in the 2009 world record race).

Except he did this….

Maybe you don’t get the message.

Bolt did this

That right there is called dipping for the finish line way before the finish line. With the speed at which he was running, he broke momentum….

and that is how we had 9.63 seconds (new Olympic Record) instead of a new World Record (9.50 seconds maybe?)

Usain Bolt ties 40 Yard NFL Record
Usain Bolt
Usain Bolt

A lot of NFL players believed they could take on Usain Bolt in the 40-yard dash.

And their actual times seem like they could for a number of reasons


1) 40 yard dash times in NFL combine only starts once the athlete moves, negating reaction time to the equation which could average roughly around 0.2 seconds

2) Usain Bolt is not the best starter

3) Bolt never did an actual 40-yard dash on fairgrounds.

So here it is. Bolt runs an actual 40-yard dash in 4.22 (NFL record), 2 years retired, in jogging pants, not even wearing cleats or football shoes. We’re not even sure if he warmed up. And I think he just wanted to have fun. Don’t mess with this guy! Hahahaha #GOAT

(From Mark Reyes, Underdog Fitness, Former University of the Philippines Coach)

Usain Bolt ties the fastest NFL 40-yard dash with a 4.22 at Super Bowl LIII. Will he run in 2020 at the #TokyoOlympics?

I was a bit more concerned at the end with the very short slow down space he was going to tear his hamstring.

usain bolt
Usain Bolt

The NFL record for fastest 40-yard dash belongs to Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver John Ross, who also ran it in 4.22 seconds ahead of the 2017 NFL Draft. Former Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson had the previous record with a 4.24-second dash, while Dri Archer (4.26), Jerome Mathis (4.26) and Marquise Goodwin(4.27) aren’t far behind.

Auburn’s Bo Jackson claims to have run a 40-yard dash with a time of 4.13 s.[5][6] A time of 4.18 run by Jackson within the same week added some support to the legitimacy of the times.[7][8] Texas Tech’s Jakeem Grant was hand-timed by a New Orleans Saints scout as running a 4.10 in 2016, potentially beating Jackson’s record.[9] Deion Sanders ran a 4.27-second 40-yard dash in 1989.[10]

In 2013, Carlin Isles recorded a time of 4.22 at a Detroit Lions facility during a workout.[11]

In 2017 Olympic sprinter Christian Coleman ran a time of 4.12 seconds on turf in response to claims that NFL players are as fast as Usain Bolt.[12]

Usain Bolt ran a 4.22 in running shoes and a tracksuit at a promotional event for the Superbowl in Atlanta, Georgia on Feb 2nd 2019.[13]

Bolt Boasts

Sept 27, 2017

Bolt Boasts
Usain Bolt doing his signature post at the 2016 Golden Spike Ostrava- Photo by Prof. Airnel T. Abarra

Usain Bolt is feeling no pressure in retirement, confident his best times can remain world records for decades. The only sprinter to capture the 100- and 200-meter track titles at three consecutive Olympics, Bolt retired last month after the world championships in London. He holds the world record of 9.58 seconds in the 100 and 19.19 in the 200 — both set in Berlin in 2009.

“I think [they’re] going to last a while,” Bolt said during a promotional event in Japan on Tuesday. “I think our era with Yohan Blake, Justin Gatlin and Asafa Powell and all these guys was the best era of athletes. If it was going to be broken, it would have been broken in this era, so I think I have at least 15 to 20 more years.” Bolt’s farewell major meet didn’t go to plan in London.

After a surprising third-place finish in the 100 behind Americans Gatlin and Christian Coleman, Bolt’s last race ended in the anguish of an injured hamstring while anchoring Jamaica’s 4×100-metre relay team. Gatlin often cast as the villain during Bolt’s long dominance, said he thinks his rival will be back. But Bolt brushed off that notion. “I have nothing to prove, that’s the main reason I left track and field. After you do everything you want there is no reason to stick around,” Bolt said.

Bolt was the life of the party every time he competed, captivating fans with his charisma and smile. As for the next biggest star in track, Bolt said he doesn’t see anyone at the moment who he expects will follow in his footsteps.

“It’s hard for me to pick someone,” Bolt said. “I think what made me stand out was not only the fast times that I ran but my personality that people really enjoyed and loved. “If you want to be a star in sports and take over a sport you have to let people know who you are as a person, not just as a track athlete.”

Jamaica won only one gold medal at this year’s worlds, a disappointing haul given its success in the last decade. Bolt said his country’s young athletes will have to step up now that he’s gone. “The biggest thing with Jamaica now is if the youngsters want it,” Bolt said. “Over the years, one thing I’ve learned is you have to want to be great. If you don’t want to be great, it won’t happen.”

Manchester United next?

From Olympic gold to United red? Of course, wanting to be great and doing what it takes to make it happen are two different things, too. “I’ve noticed a lot of the young athletes, as soon as they get their first contract and start making money, they really just don’t care as much anymore,” Bolt said. “A lot of them are satisfied with getting their first contract, going out, and making their first team. If they are satisfied with that, then we’re in trouble. “Hopefully, a few of these young guys are going to be hungry and want to be great and if we get those guys we will be OK but so far, it is not looking good.”

As for the future, Bolt says he is interested in playing soccer and possibly settling down and getting married. “Something I’ve always wanted to do is play football,” said Bolt, a die-hard Manchester United supporter. “My team is working on that but we haven’t confirmed anything yet!


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Usain Bolt’s last 100m Race (video) (Jun 14, 2017)

English: Usain Bolt during 200 m final – 2011 World championships Athletics in Daegu (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Usain Bolt won his Final 100m Race in Kingston, Jamaica. The three-time Olympian (8 golds) who shot to prominence in the 2002 World Juniors as a 15-year-old when he won the 200. Announced his retirement after this year’s World Championships. Bolt who had never run the 100 before bursting onto the scene in 2007 breaking the world record in New York. And from then a string of world records followed in Beijing Olympics (9.69) and London World Champs the following year (9.58).

Bolt’s goodbye run was in front of 30,000 fans.

“The run, it was just OK. I must say it was OK. I don’t think I’ve ever been that nervous running a 100m,” he said.

Bolt clocked 10.03 seconds. Despite the slow time he said this. Bolt will

He added: “Just the atmosphere and the people, the support they came out and gave me, it was really nerve-racking.

“I never expected this, I knew it was going to be big, the stadium was ram-packed so thank you guys for coming out and supporting me.”

He added: “It’s big to see everybody that turned out. It shows that what I’ve done for the sport is a big deal to them and they really appreciate it.

“So thank you and it was my honour to put the sport of track and field at the top and to continue to dominate.

“I’ll try my best even when I’ve hung up my spikes, to really continue to push track and field in any way possible.”

Bolt unprecedented ‘triple triple’ of nine Olympic gold medals was downgraded to eight after Jamaican team-mate Nesta Carter, who was part of the quartet that won the 4x100m in Beijing, tested positive for a banned substance. Carter has appealed against the decision.


GENEVA (AP) — Usain Bolt has lost one of his nine Olympic gold medals in a doping case involving Jamaican teammate Nesta Carter.

The IOC said Wednesday that Carter tested positive for methylhexaneamine, a banned stimulant, in re-analysis of samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Carter and Bolt were teammates on the winning 4×100-meter team, which set a world record of 37.10 seconds. Carter ran the opening leg, and Bolt took the baton third in a team that also included Michael Frater and Asafa Powell.

“The Jamaican team is disqualified,” the IOC said in a statement. “… the corresponding medals, medalist pins, and diplomas are withdrawn and shall be returned.”

The relay title in Beijing completed the first of Bolt’s gold medal sweeps in the 100, 200 and relay at three straight Olympics.

Bolt set world record times for all three sprint titles at the Bird’s Nest, establishing himself as the defining superstar of the Olympic track.

“I want to share it with my team,” said Bolt said after completing his hat trick in 2008. “It’s down to them that I beat the world record today. When you beat the relay world record, you feel four times happier.”

Bolt and Carter will retain their gold medals from Jamaica’s relay win at the 2012 London Olympics — in a record time of 36.84 seconds that stands today. Bolt ran the final leg on that team.

Carter and Bolt also helped lower their relay world record between the Olympic titles, taking gold at the 2011 world championships in Daegu, South Korea, in 37.04.

The 31-year-old Carter has teamed with Bolt on three straight world championship relay-winning teams, from 2011 through 2015. He also took an individual bronze in the 100 in 2013 in Moscow, behind Bolt and Justin Gatlin of the United States.

Carter faces a ban from the IAAF.

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Usain Bolt makes it three for three announces retirement

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Usain Bolt stated he would retire after the 2017 World Champs.

Bolt who is arguably the greatest ever sprinter in Olympic History. Completed the unique tally of 9 golds, just one below the 10 counts of the Great American Sprinter/Jumper Carl Lewis. Lewis however did it in 4 Olympic games Whereas Bolt has been able to achieve it in just 3 Games. Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016.

Bolts unique triple hatrick of the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m in three successive games.

2008 Beijing –  100m 9.69(world & Olympic record), 200m 19.30 (world & Olympic record), 4×100 37.10 (world & Olympic record)

2012 London – 100m 9.63 (Olympic record), 200m 19.32, 4×100 36.84 (world & Olympic record)

2016 Rio – 100m 9.81 , 200m 19.78, 4×100 37.27

At 6’5 one of the most unique athletes, we have ever seen in any sport. While the Jamaican rose to prominence in 2002 at the age of 15 winning the World Junior championships in 20.61. Hence against athletes up to 4 years older than him. Also he went onto set the world record at 19.93 for Juniors which still stands. While eventually moving to the 100m also he quickly set the world records and continued to lower them to 9.58 at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin.

Bolt is proof that a successful junior if coached well in the right environment, can become a superstar as an adult also. Unlike most Caribbean athletes who decided to study in America Bolt chose to stay and train in Jamaica.

Bolt Blasts Back in London Diamond League (videos)

Jul 26, 2015

Usain Bolt celebrates after he wins the men's 100m final during the Diamond League athletics meeting at the Olympic Stadium in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London on Friday (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Usain Bolt celebrates after he wins the men’s 100m final during the Diamond League athletics meeting at the Olympic Stadium in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London on Friday (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

World Record Holder Usain Bolt (Jamaica) put away the injury concerns with two good come back races in very miserable weather conditions. Bolt running back at the IAAF Diamond League Sainsbury Games in London, preparing for just under 3 weeks from the World Championships where he will race against Justin Gatlin (USA). Gatlin who has the fastest times this year of 9.74 and has also run 9.75, 9.78 is the man to beat.  Bolt won the 2012 Olympics here in 9.63 three years ago.


“I am still number one,” said Olympic champion and world record holder Bolt. “I will continue being number one. Until I retire, that’s the plan.”


Heat 2 24 JUL 2015 Wind -1.2 Heats 100M

Details1Usain BOLTJAMJAM9.87 Q  
Details2Mike RODGERSUSAUSA9.92 Q  
Details3Kim COLLINSSKNSKN10.02 Q  
Details4Chijindu UJAHGBRGBR10.04 q  
Details5James DASAOLUGBRGBR10.12 q  
Details6Trell KIMMONSUSAUSA10.15 q  
Details7Andrew ROBERTSONGBRGBR10.23  


Bolt is now ranked number 6 in the world for the year, having to overcome injuries he was only ranked 62nd. Into a chili, -1.2 headwind bolt ran 9.87 in his heat. In the final, he matched this time again l to win by .03 seconds from American Michael Rodgers this time into a -0.8 headwind. He started even slower and had 1.5 meters to make up after 30 meters.

Kemar Bailey-Cole was third in 9.92, the Jamaican taking 0.01 from his personal best, while Britain’s Chijindu Ujah was fourth, equalling his PB with 9.96, 0.02 ahead of in-form Frenchman Jimmy Vicaut.


24 JUL 2015 Wind -0.8 Finals

Details1Usain BOLTJAMJAM9.87  
Details2Mike RODGERSUSAUSA9.90  
Details3Kemar BAILEY-COLEJAMJAM9.92  
Details4Chijindu UJAHGBRGBR9.96  
Details5Jimmy VICAUTFRAFRA9.98  
Details6Trell KIMMONSUSAUSA10.07  
Details7Nesta CARTERJAMJAM10.08  
Details8Kim COLLINSSKNSKN10.09  
Details9James DASAOLUGBRGBR10.19


Asked how fast he thought he could go in Beijing, Bolt replied: “Anything is possible. I thought I would run fast in the final tonight but I got a bad start.“When I got a bad start, then I kind of lost focus for a minute and lost my form but at the last I got it back. It taught me a lot, these two races.“I just need to remember if I have a bad start, then I need to focus on the work I have done and get the job done.

“I was not looking for any specific time but I know I could have gone faster if I had got my start.”There have been claims that Bolt has been stopping the clock at 9.7sec on the training track, an assertion he declined to dismiss.

“I have been running fast,” he said. “I can’t say I haven’t been running fast in training.“It is easier to run fast in training because you are under no pressure and you just have to work on it.”


Having drastically improved on his one previous 100m time of the year — 10.12sec in Rio de Janeiro in April — Bolt added that his two London performances had set him up nicely for the world championships.


“It does help the confidence,” he said. “I have been putting in the work and I can see it is coming out on the track. It definitely looks good.”





2002 World Juniors Usain Bolt 200m (video)

Below is the Qualifying Standards and Schedule for the 2002 World Juniors in Kingston Jamaica.

2002 World Juniors Entry Standards and Time Table

It was here that a 15-year-old Usain Bolt would win his first global title and become the youngest World Junior Champion ever at the time with a time of 20.61.

Usain Bolt talks Olympic history, racing in the U.S., more in Q&A

Usain Bolt in celebration about 1 or 2 seconds after his 100m victory at Beijing Olympics 2008, breaking the world record. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Usain Bolt in celebration about 1 or 2 seconds after his 100m victory at Beijing Olympics 2008, breaking the world record. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nick Zaccardi

Sep 4, 2014, 11:56 AM EDT

NEW YORK — Usain Bolt made a rare appearance in the U.S. on Wednesday, about 10 days after he ended an abbreviated track season and one day after playing cricket in India.

Olympic Talk caught up with Bolt. Here are excerpts from the interview:

OlympicTalk: If you were president of the IAAF and could change one thing about track and field, what would it be?

Bolt: One thing I’d have to really try to address is always going to be drug use. I think one thing I would put in place is that if you make a mistake, you get a ban for a couple years. But if you seriously did it on purpose, you should be banned for life.

OlympicTalk: If you were president of the International Olympic Committee and could change one thing about the Olympics, what would it be?

Bolt: I don’t know. I think the Olympics is a great competition. I really don’t have an issue with the Olympics. They work well.

OlympicTalk: Who do you consider the greatest Olympian of all time?

Bolt: Herb McKenley. (McKenley, the first Jamaican Olympic 100m medalist, won four Olympic sprint medals over the 1948 and 1952 Olympics.) Back in the days, these guys are my idols growing up. I live to see these guys. These guys really pushed the barrier coming up and did great for Jamaica starting out. I lived to see these guys and be just like them.

Workout routine and Diet Plan

English: Usain Bolt during 200 m final – 2011 World championships Athletics in Daegu (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Usain Bolt (“Lightning Bolt”) is a Jamaican sprinter and three-time Olympic gold medalist. Holding the world record for the 100 and 200-meter sprints at 9.58 seconds and 19.19 seconds, respectively, Bolt is a towering presence at 6’5″, 207lbs. Unlike the typical compact sprinter who needs 45-48 strides to cover 100 meters, Bolt only needs 40-41 strides. In this lens, I describe Usain Bolt’s workout routine and diet plan that helped him get so fast.

For more information please read here


Usain Bolt wins 100m at Jamaican Olympic Trials 2013

Usain Bolt in celebration about 1 or 2 seconds after his 100m victory at Beijing Olympics 2008, breaking the world record. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Usain Bolt in celebration about 1 or 2 seconds after his 100m victory at Beijing Olympics 2008, breaking the world record. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Men 100 Meter Dash
World Record: W 9.58 8/16/2009 Usain Bolt, Jamaica
NATIONAL Rec: N 9.58 8/16/2009 Usain Bolt
Name Age Team Semis Finals
Section 1 Finals Wind: -1.2
1 43 Usain Bolt 26 Racers Track Club 10.03 9.94
2 17 Kemar Bailey-Cole 20 Racers Track Club 10.02 9.98
3 13 Nickel Ashmeade 22 Unattached 10.03 9.99
4 71 Nester Carter 27 Mvp Track Club 9.97 10.14
5 178 Jason Livermore 24 Akan Track Club 10.21 10.18
6 16 Oshane Bailey 23 Unattached 10.14 10.20
7 227 Asafa Powell 30 Mvp Track Club 10.05 10.22
8 20 Winston Barnes 24 Mvp Track Club 10.26 10.25

The Jamaican Championships reached a conclusion with World Record Holder Usain Bolt after a loss to Gatlin earlier in the season in 9.95 improving his best to 9.94 to win the Jamaican Olympic Trials. Team mate and World Champ Yohan Blake did not participate as he was given a wild card as the defending champion from the last worlds. Former World Record Holder Asafa Powell finished seventh and did not qualify.

Prominent Names out after the Heats: Ainsley Waugh 10.37 (former relay member), Lerone Clarke 10.31 (Commonwealth Games Champion), Jazeel Murphy 10.39 (fastest world for his age at one stage).

Prominent Names out after Semis: Ramon McKenzie 10.29 (world junior medalist), Dexter Lee 10.39 (world junior medalists

Bolt Beaten in 400 Meter Season Opener

July 12, 2013

Jamaican Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt was beaten in his first race of the 2013 season on Saturday, finishing third in a low-key 400-meter event in his hometown of Kingston.

The triple gold medallist from both the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics easily won his heat in 46.71 seconds at the Camperdown Classic.

But he had to settle for third place overall after his team-mates Warren Weir and Yohan Blake both posted faster times in their heats.

Weir, who finished third behind Bolt and Blake in the 200m final at London last year, won in a personal best time of 46.21 seconds.

Blake, racing in the same heat as Weir, stopped the clock at 46.64 after fading in the final straight following a blistering start.

There was no final for the event, which was part of a meeting run by the Racers Track Club that attracted around 30 athletes.

Bolt is the world record holder and double Olympic champion for the 100 and 200 sprints but often competes in 400 races at the start of each season to build his fitness.

Next week, he is scheduled to appear in Texas for the National Basketball Association All-Star Game but his major goal this year is the world championships in Moscow.


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