Bolt close to 50 sub-10s

May 21, 2016
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With his victory in Ostrava yesterday, Usain Bolt moved his total of sub-10 seconds 100 metres clockings to 46.

Bolt, the 2008 and 2012 Olympic 100 and 200 metres champion, won the 100m at the Ostrava Golden Spike meet in 9.98 seconds. With the Olympic Games approaching, he could well increase his total beyond 50 soon.

The tall man may even surpass retired American Maurice Greene, who broke the 10-seconds barrier 53 times.

Greene has the second-highest total of sub-10 times, far behind Jamaica's Asafa Powell, who has 93 of them.




Greene may also be overtaken by fellow American Justin Gatlin, 100 metres runner-up to Bolt in both the 2013 and 2015 World Championships. Gatlin has already added to his pre-season total of 46 sub-10 races twice. He, too, should reach his half-century in 2016 if he stays as fast as he has been recently. Gatlin fired off 10 sub-10 seconds marks in 2013, eight in 2014, and seven in 2015.

In 2008 and 2009, when he set world records of 9.69 and 9.58 seconds, respectively, Bolt was persistently fast. In 2008, he beat 10 seconds 10 times, with seven more such performances in 2009.

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