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It's Been Exactly 11 Years Since Usain Bolt Broke The 100m World Record

Max Sherry

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 It's Been Exactly 11 Years Since Usain Bolt Broke The 100m World Record

On this day in 2009, a Jamaican sprinter carved his name into the history books.

Exactly 11 years ago, Usain Bolt shattered the record for the 100 metres by clocking a time of 9.58 seconds in front of thousands of fans in Berlin, Germany.


A true 'Lightning Bolt' in every sense of the word. Credit: PA
A true 'Lightning Bolt' in every sense of the word. Credit: PA

Competing at the 2009 World Athletics Championships, Bolt left the likes of Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell for dead as he raced to the finish line in blistering speed - setting a new world record in the process.

With Berlin's Olympiastadion packed to the brim and millions watching from home, the Jamaican speedster well and truly catapulted himself into superstardom.

Today, he's widely regarded as the greatest sprinter of all-time.

Bolt poses next to the screen showing his world record time. Credit: PA
Bolt poses next to the screen showing his world record time. Credit: PA

Bolt already held the 100m record after clocking 9.72 and 9.69 seconds in 2008 after surpassing his fellow countryman Powell's existing record of 9.74 seconds in 2007.

The Olympic record still stands at 9.63 seconds - another time set by Bolt in London in 2012.

The eight-time gold medallist, who is also a world record holder in the 200 metres and 4x100 metres relay, finally hung up his running spikes in 2017.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: olympics, Athletics, Australia, Usain Bolt

Max Sherry
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