Bolt’s 100m World Record now longest in history

Jamaica’s Eight-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt, has now held the world record for the 100 meters sprint for the longest period in the event’s history according to a Running Magazine report.

The record of 9.58 seconds set at the Berlin World Championships in 2009 now stands at 14 years, eight months and 22 days.

The Jamaican’s World Record has surpassed the previous longest-held record in the same event, held by American Jim Hines.

Hines clocked 9.95 seconds when winning gold in the 100 meters at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico, a World Record that stood until Calvin Smith broke the record by running 9.93 in Colorado in 1983.

Hines winning time in the individual event in Mexico, remained an Olympic record until 1988 when Carl Lewis clocked 9.92 seconds to set the then Olympic best at the Seoul Games.

Hines was also first man to break the 10-second barrier for the 100 metres, died at the age 76 last June.

Jamaica’s Lennox Miller who won silver as runner up in 1968 predeceased Hines at the age of 58 in 2004.


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