Athletics Stats: Gold medalists from USA in the 100m sprint in Summer Olympics

The United States of America (USA) is a powerhouse when it comes to track and field events. The nation has also shown its dominance over the years in international competitions, including Summer Olympics. In fact, Athletics is the backbone of the Olympic Games and has been featured in every edition since the commencement of the Games. 

Athletics has earned the USA the maximum number of medals in comparison to other sports. The USA has bagged a whopping 827 medals in the mega event, including 343 Gold, 270 Silver, and 214 bronze medals. The United States has time and again produced the greatest track and field athletes in the world. They are Edwin Moses, Jesse Owens, Carl Lewis, Allyson Felix, Mike Powell, Michael Johnson, Florence Griffith Joyner, and the list goes on.

USA’s performance in the men’s 100m sprint event

The United States has dominated the men’s 100m race since the beginning of the Modern Olympic Games. To date, the USA has attained the top position on the podium of the Summer Olympics in the men’s 100m on 16 occasions. Out of which, Carl Lewis is the only athlete to have won the title twice – in 1984 Los Angeles and the 1988 Seoul Olympics. 

Thomas Burke was the first 100m gold medalist in the men’s 100m in the Athens 1896 Olympic Games. He won the competition with a timing of 12.0 s. In the 1968 Mexico Olympics, Jim Hines became the first athlete to win the men’s 100m by clocking under 10.0 s. This was considered a huge achievement during those times. It was Carl Lewis who then hogged the limelight by winning the 100m event in consecutive editions. 

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The last USA athlete to win the gold medal at the Olympics for the USA in the 100m event was Justin Gatlin. He did so with a timing of 9.85 s in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. This was the second time Greece was hosting the games after hosting the inaugural edition of the Modern Olympics in the 1896 Games. Let’s take a look at the athletes who have claimed the gold for the United States in the men’s 100m discipline in the Olympic Games.

Olympics editionLocationAthleteTiming
Summer Olympics 1896Athens, GreeceThomas Burke12.0 s
Summer Olympics 1900Paris, FranceFrank Jarvis11.0 s
Summer Olympics 1904St. Louis, USAArchie Hahn11.0 s
Summer Olympics 1912Stockholm, SwedenRalph Craig10.8 s
Summer Olympics 1920Antwerp, BelgiumCharley Paddock10.8 s
Summer Olympics 1932Los Angeles, USAEddie Tolan10.38 s
Summer Olympics 1936Berlin, GermanyJesse Owens10.3 s
Summer Olympics 1948London, Great BritainHarrison Dillard10.3 s
Summer Olympics 1952Hesinki, FinlandLindy Remigino10.4 s
Summer Olympics 1956Melbourne, AustraliaBobby Morrow10.5 s
Summer Olympics 1964Tokyo, JapanBob Hayes10 s
Summer Olympics 1968Mexico City, MexicoJim Hines9.95 s
Summer Olympics 1984Los Angeles, USACarl Lewis9.99 s
Summer Olympics 1988Seoul, KoreaCarl Lewis9.92 s
Summer Olympics 2000Sydney, AustraliaMaurice Greene9.87 s
Summer Olympics 2004Athens, GreeceJustin Gatlin9.85 s

Then came a period that showed the dominance of Usain Bolt who is regarded as the greatest athlete of all time. Bolt went on to win the 100m race in the 2008, 2012, and 2016 Olympic Games. In addition, he even ruled the men’s 200m race at the Summer Olympics. The United States has come close to winning the men’s 100m but missed out on earning the gold. In the recently held Tokyo Olympics 2020, the USA’s Fred Kerley came in second to win the silver medal. However, considering the rise of athletes like Kerley, Noah Lyles, Christian Coleman, Marvin Bracy, and Trayvon Bromell, it doesn’t look like that day is far when the USA gets its 16th gold medalist.

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