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100 metres, Men

Date15 – 16 August 2008
StatusOlympic
LocationBeijing Guojia Tiyuchang, Beijing Aolinpike Gongyuan, Beijing
Participants80 from 64 countries

Going into the 2008 season, the favorites for the title of World’s Fastest Man were Tyson Gay (USA) and Asafa Powell (JAM). Gay had won the 100 and 200 at the 2007 World Championships and Powell was a two-time world record setter. But in May 2008 Jamaica’s Usain Bolt broke Powell’s world record when he ran 9.72 at a meet in New York. Formerly considered primarily a 200 runner, he made the 100 a highly anticipated showdown between the big three sprinters. Gay won the American Olympic Trials in 9.68, but it was wind-aided and could not count for record purposes. Unfortunately, in the 200 at the Trials, he pulled up with a hamstring problem, would not be at his best in Beijing, and did not get past the semi-finals.

But that almost certainly had no effect on the outcome of the final. Usain Bolt was not known as the fastest starter but at 30 metres he was about equal to Richard Thompson (TRI), when he accelerated seemingly into another world. By 80 metres he had a huge lead and he then shut it down, turning around, dropping his arms in celebration, and costing himself some time. But he still broke the world record with 9.69, winning by 0.20 over Thompson. Estimates of his potential time, had he run thru the tape, ranged as low as 9.55 and this was with zero wind assistance. Powell was well-beaten, finishing fifth.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1QFSFFinal
12163Usain BoltJAM10.20 (1 h1)9.92 (1 h4)9.85 (1 h1)9.69 (1)Gold
23025Richard ThompsonTTO10.24 (1 h3)9.99 (1 h2)9.93 (2 h2)9.89 (2)Silver
33282Walter DixUSA10.35 (3 h7)10.08 (2 h5)9.95 (2 h1)9.91 (3)Bronze
41003Churandy MartinaAHO10.35 (1 h10)9.99 (1 h1)9.94 (3 h2)9.93 (4)
52142Asafa PowellJAM10.16 (1 h2)10.02 (1 h5)9.91 (1 h2)9.95 (5)
62148Michael FraterJAM10.15 (1 h4)10.09 (2 h1)10.01 (4 h1)9.97 (6)
73019Marc BurnsTTO10.46 (1 h9)10.05 (1 h3)9.97 (3 h1)10.01 (7)
83215Darvis PattonUSA10.25 (2 h6)10.04 (2 h4)10.03 (4 h2)10.03 (8)
5 h1 r3/42868Kim CollinsSKN10.17 (2 h2)10.07 (2 h3)10.05 (5 h1)
5 h2 r3/43265Tyson GayUSA10.22 (1 h5)10.09 (2 h2)10.05 (5 h2)
6 h1 r3/41100Derrick AtkinsBAH10.28 (1 h8)10.14 (3 h5)10.13 (6 h1)
6 h2 r3/42656Francis ObikweluPOR10.25 (1 h7)10.09 (3 h4)10.10 (6 h2)
7 h1 r3/41801Tyrone EdgarGBR10.13 (1 h6)10.10 (3 h3)10.18 (7 h1)
7 h2 r3/42222Naoki TsukaharaJPN10.39 (2 h10)10.23 (3 h1)10.16 (7 h2)
8 h2 r3/41771Martial MbandjockFRA10.26 (2 h3)10.16 (3 h2)10.18 (8 h2)
4 h1 r2/41844Simeon WilliamsonGBR10.42 (3 h10)10.32 (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/42507Olusoji FasubaNGR10.29 (2 h5)10.21 (4 h2)
4 h3 r2/41761Ronald PognonFRA10.26 (3 h6)10.21 (4 h3)
4 h4 r2/42537Jaysuma Saidy NdureNOR10.37 (3 h8)10.14 (4 h4)
4 h5 r2/41024Daniel BaileyANT10.24 (2 h1)10.23 (4 h5)
5 h1 r2/41460Henry VizcaínoCUB10.28 (4 h1)10.33 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/41109Andrew HindsBAR10.35 (5 h3)10.25 (5 h2)
5 h3 r2/42880Matic OsovnikarSLO10.46 (2 h9)10.24 (5 h3)
5 h4 r2/41824Craig PickeringGBR10.21 (3 h2)10.18 (5 h4)
5 h5 r2/41928Abdul Aziz ZakariGHA10.34 (4 h3)10.24 (5 h5)
6 h1 r2/41308Pierre BrowneCAN10.22 (2 h4)10.36 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/41231CodóBRA10.29 (3 h5)10.32 (6 h2)
6 h3 r2/41900Tobias UngerGER10.46 (4 h10)10.36 (6 h3)
6 h4 r2/42503Obinna MetuNGR10.34 (2 h7)10.27 (6 h4)
6 h5 r2/42833Andrey YepishinRUS10.34 (2 h8)10.25 (6 h5)
7 h1 r2/42596Dariusz KućPOL10.44 (5 h2)10.46 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/42092Simone CollioITA10.32 (3 h3)10.33 (7 h2)
7 h4 r2/41291Anson HenryCAN10.37 (4 h7)10.33 (7 h4)
7 h5 r2/41238Vicente LenílsonBRA10.26 (3 h1)10.31 (7 h5)
8 h1 r2/43018Darrel BrownTTO10.22 (3 h4)10.93 (8 h1)
8 h2 r2/41419Daniel GruesoCOL10.35 (4 h2)10.37 (8 h2)
8 h3 r2/42184Nobuharu AsaharaJPN10.25 (4 h4)10.37 (7 h3)
8 h4 r2/41578Ángel David RodríguezESP10.34 (4 h5)10.35 (8 h4)
8 h5 r2/41355Hu KaiCHN10.39 (4 h6)10.40 (8 h5)
3 h9 r1/41991Rolando PalaciosHON10.49 (3 h9)
4 h8 r1/42520Uchenna EmedoluNGR10.46 (4 h8)
4 h9 r1/41085Ruslan AbbasovAZE10.58 (4 h9)
5 h1 r1/42091Fabio CeruttiITA10.49 (5 h1)
5 h4 r1/41853Holder da SilvaGBS10.58 (5 h4)
5 h5 r1/41535Lukáš MiloCZE10.52 (5 h5)
5 h6 r1/42549Abdullah Al-SooliOMA10.53 (5 h6)
5 h7 r1/43086Dmytro HlushchenkoUKR10.57 (5 h7)
5 h8 r1/41783Su Wai'bou SannehGAM10.52 (5 h8)
5 h9 r1/42469Sébastien GattusoMON10.70 (5 h9)
5 h10 r1/41560Franklin NazarenoECU10.60 (5 h10)
6 h1 r1/42929Jurgen ThemenSUR10.61 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/41282Béranger BosseCAF10.51 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/42015Suryo WibowoINA10.46 (6 h3)
6 h4 r1/41280Idrissa SanouBUR10.63 (6 h4)
6 h5 r1/41431Youssouf MhadjouCOM10.62 (6 h5)
6 h6 r1/41275Desislav GunevBUL10.66 (6 h6)
6 h7 r1/42867Calvin KangSGP10.73 (6 h7)
6 h8 r1/41237Sandro VianaBRA10.60 (6 h8)
6 h9 r1/41778Jack HowardFSM11.03 (6 h9)
6 h10 r1/41780Wilfried BingangoyeGAB10.87 (6 h10)
7 h1 r1/43302Moses KamutVAN10.81 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/42976Aisea TohiTGA11.17 (7 h2)
7 h3 r1/43310Jared LewisVIN11.00 (7 h3)
7 h4 r1/41319Ghyd OlonghotCGO11.01 (7 h4)
7 h5 r1/42864Danny D'SouzaSEY11.00 (7 h5)
7 h6 r1/42431Ali ShareefMDV11.11 (7 h6)
7 h7 r1/42565Jesse TamangrowPLW11.38 (7 h7)
7 h8 r1/41989Lai Chun HoHKG10.63 (7 h8)
7 h9 r1/41414Gordon HeatherCOK11.41 (7 h9)
7 h10 r1/41321Moumi SéberguéCHA11.14 (7 h10)
8 h1 r1/42893Francis ManioruSOL11.09 (8 h1)
8 h2 r1/42459Roman CressMHL11.18 (8 h2)
8 h3 r1/42296Rabangaki NawaiKIR11.29 (8 h3)
8 h4 r1/41002Masoud AziziAFG11.45 (8 h4)
8 h5 r1/41040Shanahan SanitoaASA12.60 (8 h5)
8 h6 r1/42325Souksavanh TonsackthevaLAO11.51 (8 h6)
8 h7 r1/41857Reginaldo NdongGEQ11.61 (8 h7)
8 h8 r1/41105Mohamed Abu AbdullahBAN11.07 (8 h8)
8 h10 r1/43048Okilani TinilauTUV11.48 (8 h10)
AC2693Samuel FrancisQAT10.40 (AC h9)10.11 (AC h3)10.20 (AC h1)DQ1

Round One (15 August 2008)

Top three in each heat and next ten fastest advanced to the quarter-finals.

Heat One (9:45)

Wind-0.2 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
13Usain BoltJAM10.200.186Q
29Daniel BaileyANT10.240.198Q
36Vicente LenílsonBRA10.260.168Q
42Henry VizcaínoCUB10.280.157q
54Fabio CeruttiITA10.490.1362
65Jurgen ThemenSUR10.610.179
78Moses KamutVAN10.810.181
87Francis ManioruSOL11.090.197

Heat Two (9:53)

Wind0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
15Asafa PowellJAM10.160.142Q
23Kim CollinsSKN10.170.162Q
37Craig PickeringGBR10.210.174Q
42Daniel GruesoCOL10.350.178q
59Dariusz KućPOL10.440.144q
68Béranger BosseCAF10.510.144
76Aisea TohiTGA11.170.159
84Roman CressMHL11.180.190

Heat Three (10:01)

Wind0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
18Richard ThompsonTTO10.240.188Q
25Martial MbandjockFRA10.260.162Q
34Simone CollioITA10.320.140Q3
42Abdul Aziz ZakariGHA10.340.177q
56Andrew HindsBAR10.350.140q
63Suryo WibowoINA10.460.175
77Jared LewisVIN11.000.123
89Rabangaki NawaiKIR11.290.152

Heat Four (10:09)

Wind0.2 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
13Michael FraterJAM10.150.156Q
24Pierre BrowneCAN10.220.141Q
36Darrel BrownTTO10.220.139Q
47Nobuharu AsaharaJPN10.250.160q
59Holder da SilvaGBS10.580.184
62Idrissa SanouBUR10.630.1714
78Ghyd OlonghotCGO11.010.172
85Masoud AziziAFG11.450.160

Heat Five (10:17)

Wind0.7 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
12Tyson GayUSA10.220.148Q
25Olusoji FasubaNGR10.290.156Q
34CodóBRA10.290.192Q
47Ángel David RodríguezESP10.340.145q
59Lukáš MiloCZE10.520.145
68Youssouf MhadjouCOM10.620.170
73Danny D'SouzaSEY11.000.180
86Shanahan SanitoaASA12.600.158

Heat Six (10:25)

Wind0.9 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
15Tyrone EdgarGBR10.130.138Q
26Darvis PattonUSA10.250.149Q
37Ronald PognonFRA10.260.167Q
42Hu KaiCHN10.390.152q
54Abdullah Al-SooliOMA10.530.153
68Desislav GunevBUL10.660.152
73Ali ShareefMDV11.110.171
89Souksavanh TonsackthevaLAO11.510.183

Heat Seven (10:33)

Wind-1.4 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
14Francis ObikweluPOR10.250.190Q
22Obinna MetuNGR10.340.176Q
35Walter DixUSA10.350.167Q
46Anson HenryCAN10.370.138q
58Dmytro HlushchenkoUKR10.570.200
63Calvin KangSGP10.730.140
79Jesse TamangrowPLW11.380.1465
87Reginaldo NdongGEQ11.610.242

Heat Eight (10:41)

Wind-0.1 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
13Derrick AtkinsBAH10.280.162Q
24Andrey YepishinRUS10.340.172Q
39Jaysuma Saidy NdureNOR10.370.164Q
46Uchenna EmedoluNGR10.460.192
52Su Wai'bou SannehGAM10.520.157
65Sandro VianaBRA10.600.160
77Lai Chun HoHKG10.630.1996
88Mohamed Abu AbdullahBAN11.070.174

Heat Nine (10:49)

Wind-1.7 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
15Marc BurnsTTO10.460.160Q
29Matic OsovnikarSLO10.460.187Q
37Rolando PalaciosHON10.490.189
42Ruslan AbbasovAZE10.580.154
54Sébastien GattusoMON10.700.164
68Jack HowardFSM11.030.2047
73Gordon HeatherCOK11.410.214
AC6Samuel FrancisQAT10.400.153DQQ8

Heat Ten (10:57)

Wind-1.3 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
14Churandy MartinaAHO10.350.164Q
25Naoki TsukaharaJPN10.390.169Q
36Simeon WilliamsonGBR10.420.183Q
49Tobias UngerGER10.460.161q
58Franklin NazarenoECU10.600.1789
67Wilfried BingangoyeGAB10.870.171
72Moumi SéberguéCHA11.140.210
83Okilani TinilauTUV11.480.174

Quarter-Finals (15 August 2008)

Top three in each heat and next fastest advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One (19:45)

Wind-0.1 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
14Churandy MartinaAHO9.990.142Q
27Michael FraterJAM10.090.154Q
36Naoki TsukaharaJPN10.230.156Q
49Simeon WilliamsonGBR10.320.127
53Henry VizcaínoCUB10.330.167
65Pierre BrowneCAN10.360.144
72Dariusz KućPOL10.460.17610
88Darrel BrownTTO10.930.119

Heat Two (19:52)

Wind0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
16Richard ThompsonTTO9.990.170Q
24Tyson GayUSA10.090.146Q
37Martial MbandjockFRA10.160.160Q
45Olusoji FasubaNGR10.210.147
52Andrew HindsBAR10.250.148
68CodóBRA10.320.193
79Simone CollioITA10.330.13811
83Daniel GruesoCOL10.370.193

Heat Three (19:59)

Wind-0.2 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
16Marc BurnsTTO10.050.174Q
24Kim CollinsSKN10.070.150Q
35Tyrone EdgarGBR10.100.130Q
49Ronald PognonFRA10.210.167
58Matic OsovnikarSLO10.240.17112
62Tobias UngerGER10.360.136
73Nobuharu AsaharaJPN10.370.145
AC7Samuel FrancisQAT10.110.164DQq13

Heat Four (20:06)

Wind0.1 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
17Usain BoltJAM9.920.165Q
25Darvis PattonUSA10.040.159Q
34Francis ObikweluPOR10.090.168Q
48Jaysuma Saidy NdureNOR10.140.133
59Craig PickeringGBR10.180.144
66Obinna MetuNGR10.270.17414
73Anson HenryCAN10.330.142
82Ángel David RodríguezESP10.350.154

Heat Five (20:13)

Wind-0.1 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
17Asafa PowellJAM10.020.149Q
29Walter DixUSA10.080.163Q
35Derrick AtkinsBAH10.140.179Q
44Daniel BaileyANT10.230.149
53Abdul Aziz ZakariGHA10.240.167
66Andrey YepishinRUS10.250.158
78Vicente LenílsonBRA10.310.157
82Hu KaiCHN10.400.165

Semi-Finals (16 August 2008)

Top four in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One (20:05)

Wind-0.1 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
17Usain BoltJAM9.850.161Q
26Walter DixUSA9.950.143Q
34Marc BurnsTTO9.970.124Q
49Michael FraterJAM10.010.163Q
55Kim CollinsSKN10.050.163
62Derrick AtkinsBAH10.130.159
78Tyrone EdgarGBR10.180.143
AC3Samuel FrancisQAT10.200.146DQ15

Heat Two (20:13)

Wind0.3 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
16Asafa PowellJAM9.910.161Q
27Richard ThompsonTTO9.930.175Q
35Churandy MartinaAHO9.940.138Q16
44Darvis PattonUSA10.030.149Q
59Tyson GayUSA10.050.145
68Francis ObikweluPOR10.100.157
73Naoki TsukaharaJPN10.160.143
82Martial MbandjockFRA10.180.148

Final (16 August 2008 — 22:30)

Wind0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
14Usain BoltJAM9.690.165WR
25Richard ThompsonTTO9.890.133
36Walter DixUSA9.910.133
49Churandy MartinaAHO9.930.169
57Asafa PowellJAM9.950.134
62Michael FraterJAM9.970.147
78Marc BurnsTTO10.010.145
83Darvis PattonUSA10.030.142