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Top 10 women’s 100-meters fastest timings

The 100 meters is one of the greatest competitions in athletics, with athletes striving to be declared as the fastest person in the world. It is a sprint race that takes place on a straight track over a distance of 100 meters. Athletes often attain their top speed within the opening few seconds of the race, which requires a combination of speed, power, explosiveness, and technique. 

The event has witnessed some of the greatest runners of all time. When it comes to the men’s event the list includes the likes of Usain Bolt who is regarded as the greatest athlete of all time, Carl Lewis, a nine-time Olympic gold medalist, and Maurice Green. Although the men’s event is a vastly more popular one than other track and field events, the women’s event has developed to become one of the most reputed competitions currently in the world. We will now take a look at how the women athletes have fared in this event.

Women’s 100-meters event

The women’s 100-meter event was introduced for the first time at the Summer Olympics in the year 1928 and since then, it has regularly featured in the multi-sport event. The present world record in the women’s race is held by Florence Griffith-Joyner of the United States. It is important to note that her record hasn’t been smashed for more than 32 years. 

Marie Mejzlková II ran the first women’s 100-meter record to receive IAAF approval in 1922 with a timing of 13.6 seconds. Tollina Schuurman finally broke the 12-second barrier in 1932 after a ten-year wait. Renate Stecher finally cracked the 11-second barrier in 1973. Since 1975, automatic timing has been available, enabling more precise timing in hundredths of a second. The women’s 100-meter record has slowly dropped over time, from 10.88 seconds to 10.76 seconds to the present-day mark of 10.49 seconds established by Florence Griffith-Joyner in 1988.

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Top 10 women’s 100-meters fastest timings

Over the years, the competition has witnessed several renowned athletes, including Florence Griffith-Joyner, Carmelita Jeter, Marion Jones, and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. These athletes have excelled not only in the 100 meters but also in other sprint competitions and relays. The competition has increased in recent years as more nations have started to produce talented sprinters. 

With Fraser-Pryce, Elaine Thompson-Herah, and Shericka Jackson dominating the event in recent years, Jamaica has been a dominant force in women’s sprinting. Besides Jamaica, the United States of America too has dominated the sport over the years and Sha’carri Richardson is also ready to set the stage on fire. Now, we take a look at the top ten women’s 100-meters fastest timing.

RankCompetitor (Country)WindMarkDate
1Florence Griffith-Joyner (United States Of America)010.49 secs16 July 1988
2Elaine Thompson-Herah (Jamaica)0.910.54 secs21 Aug 2021
3Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (Jamaica)1.710.6 secs26 Aug 2021
4Carmelita Jeter (United States Of America)1.210.64 secs20 Sep 2009
5Marion Jones (United States Of America)1.110.65 secs12 Sep 1998
6Shericka Jackson (Jamaica)0.410.71 secs10 Aug 2022
7Sha’carri Richardson (United States Of America)1.610.72 secs10 Apr 2021
7Marie-Josée Ta Lou (Côte d’Ivoire)0.410.72 secs10 Aug 2022
9Christine Arron (France)210.73 secs19 Aug 1998
10Merlene Ottey (Jamaica)1.310.74 secs07 Sep 1996
10English Gardner (United States Of America)110.74 secs03 Jul 2016

(Note- This is according to the latest timings updated by the World Athletics, the governing body of the Athletics sport in the world)

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