The 100 metres , or 100-metre dash , is a sprint race in track and field competitions. The shortest common outdoor running distance, it is one of the most popular and prestigious events in the sport of athletics. It has been contested at the Summer Olympics since 1896 for men and since 1928 for women.
The reigning 100 m Olympic champion is often named "the fastest man in the world". The World Championships 100 metres has been contested since 1983. American Justin Gatlin and Tori Bowie are the reigning world champions; Usain Bolt and Elaine Thompson are the Olympic champions in the men's and women's 100 metres, respectively.
On an outdoor 400 metres running track, the 100 m is run on the home straight, with the start usually being set on an extension to make it a straight-line race. Runners begin in the starting blocks and the race begins when an official fires the starter's pistol. Sprinters typically reach top speed after somewhere between 50–60 m. Their speed then slows towards the finish line.
The 10-second barrier has historically been a barometer of fast men's performances, while the best female sprinters take eleven seconds or less to complete the race. The current men's world record is 9.58 seconds, set by Jamaica's Usain Bolt in 2009, while the women's world record of 10.49 seconds set by American Florence Griffith-Joyner in 1988 remains unbroken.
The 100 m (109.361 yards) emerged from the metrication of the 100 yards (91.44 m), a now defunct distance originally contested in English-speaking countries. The event is largely held outdoors as few indoor facilities have a 100 m straight.
US athletes have won the men's Olympic 100 metres title more times than any other country, 16 out of the 28 times that it has been run. US women have also dominated the event winning 9 out of 21 times.
At high level meets, the time between the gun and first kick against the starting block is measured electronically, via sensors built in the gun and the blocks. A reaction time less than 0.1 s is considered a false start. The 0.2-second interval accounts for the sum of the time it takes for the sound of the starter's pistol to reach the runners' ears, and the time they take to react to it.
For many years a sprinter was disqualified if responsible for two false starts individually. However, this rule allowed some major races to be restarted so many times that the sprinters started to lose focus. The next iteration of the rule, introduced in February 2003, meant that one false start was allowed among the field, but anyone responsible for a subsequent false start was disqualified.
This rule led to some sprinters deliberately false-starting to gain a psychological advantage: an individual with a slower reaction time might false-start, forcing the faster starters to wait and be sure of hearing the gun for the subsequent start, thereby losing some of their advantage. To avoid such abuse and to improve spectator enjoyment, the IAAF implemented a further change in the 2010 season – a false starting athlete now receives immediate disqualification.  This proposal was met with objections when first raised in 2005, on the grounds that it would not leave any room for innocent mistakes. Justin Gatlin commented, "Just a flinch or a leg cramp could cost you a year's worth of work."  The rule had a dramatic impact at the 2011 World Championships, when current world record holder Usain Bolt was disqualified. 
Runners normally reach their top speed just past the halfway point of the race and they progressively decelerate in the later stages of the race. Maintaining that top speed for as long as possible is a primary focus of training for the 100 m.  Pacing and running tactics do not play a significant role in the 100 m, as success in the event depends more on pure athletic qualities and technique.
The winner, by IAAF Competition Rules, is determined by the first athlete with his or her torso (not including limbs, head, or neck) over the nearer edge of the finish line.  When the placing of the athletes is not obvious, a photo finish is used to distinguish which runner was first to cross the line.
Climatic conditions, in particular air resistance, can affect performances in the 100 m. A strong head wind is very detrimental to performance, while a tail wind can improve performances significantly. For this reason, a maximum tail wind of 2.0 m/s is allowed for a 100 m performance to be considered eligible for records, or "wind legal".
Furthermore, sprint athletes perform a better run at high altitudes because of the thinner air, which provides less air resistance. In theory, the thinner air would also make breathing slightly more difficult (due to the partial pressure of oxygen being lower), but this difference is negligible for sprint distances where all the oxygen needed for the short dash is already in the muscles and bloodstream when the race starts. While there are no limitations on altitude, performances made at altitudes greater than 1000 m above sea level are marked with an "A". 
Sex and ethnicity
Only male sprinters have beaten the 100 m 10-second barrier, nearly all of them being of West African descent. Namibian (formerly South-West Africa) Frankie Fredericks became the first man of non-West African heritage to achieve the feat in 1991 and in 2003 Australia's Patrick Johnson (an Indigenous Australian with Irish heritage) became the first sub-10-second runner without an African background.
In 2010, French sprinter Christophe Lemaitre became the first Caucasian to break the 10-second barrier, in 2017, Azerbaijani -born naturalized Turkish Ramil Guliyev followed. In the Prefontaine Classic 2015 Diamond League meet at Eugene, Su Bingtian ran a time of 9.99 seconds, becoming the first Asian athlete to officially break the 10-second barrier. On 9 September 2017, Yoshihide Kiryū became the first man from Japan to break the 10-second barrier in the 100 meters, running a 9.98 (+1.8) at an intercollegiate meet in Fukui. In the 2015 Birmingham Grand Prix Diamond League meet, British athlete Adam Gemili, who is of mixed Iranian and Moroccan descent, ran a time of 9.97 seconds on home soil, becoming the first athlete with either North African or Middle Eastern heritage to break the ten-second barrier.
Colin Jackson, an athlete with mixed ethnic background and former world record holder in the 110 metre hurdles, noted that both his parents were talented athletes and suggested that biological inheritance was the greatest influence, rather than any perceived racial factor. Furthermore, successful black role models in track events may reinforce the racial disparity.
Major 100 m races, such as at the Olympic Games, attract much attention, particularly when the world record is thought to be within reach.
The men's world record has been improved upon twelve times since electronic timing became mandatory in 1977. The current men's world record of 9.58 s is held by Usain Bolt of Jamaica, set at the 2009 World Athletics Championships final in Berlin, Germany on 16 August 2009, breaking his own previous world record by 0.11 s. The current women's world record of 10.49 s was set by Florence Griffith-Joyner of the US, at the 1988 United States Olympic Trials in Indianapolis, Indiana, on 16 July 1988 breaking Evelyn Ashford's four-year-old world record by .27 seconds. The extraordinary nature of this result and those of several other sprinters in this race raised the possibility of a technical malfunction with the wind gauge which read at 0.0 m/s- a reading which was at complete odds to the windy conditions on the day with high wind speeds being recorded in all other sprints before and after this race as well as the parallel long jump runway at the time of the Griffith-Joyner performance. All scientific studies commissioned by the IAAF and independent organizations since have confirmed there was certainly an illegal tailwind of between 5 m/s - 7 m/s at the time. This should have annulled the legality of this result, although the IAAF has chosen not to take this course of action. The legitimate next best wind legal performance would therefore be Griffith-Joyner's 10.61s performance in the final the next day.
Jim Hines, Ronnie Ray Smith and Charles Greene were the first to break the 10-second barrier in the 100 m, all on 20 June 1968, the Night of Speed. Hines also recorded the first legal electronically timed sub-10 second 100 m in winning the 100 metres at the 1968 Olympics. Bob Hayes ran a wind-assisted 9.91 seconds at the 1964 Olympics.
Updated 5 July 2015.
|Time (s)||Wind||Athlete||Nation||Time (s)||Wind||Athlete||Nation|
|Africa ( records )||9.85||+1.7||Olusoji Fasuba||Nigeria||10.78||+1.6||Murielle Ahoure||Ivory Coast|
|Asia ( records )||9.91||+1.8||Femi Ogunode||Qatar||10.79||0.0||Li Xuemei||People's Republic of China|
|Europe ( records )||9.86||+0.6||Francis Obikwelu||Portugal||10.73||+2.0||Christine Arron||France|
|North, Central Americaand Caribbean ( records )||9.58 WR||+0.9||Usain Bolt||Jamaica||10.49 WR||0.0||Florence Griffith-Joyner||United States|
|Oceania ( records )||9.93||+1.8||Patrick Johnson||Australia||11.11||+1.9||Melissa Breen||Australia|
|South America ( records )||10.00||+1.6||Robson da Silva||Brazil||11.01||+1.4||Ana Cláudia Lemos||Brazil|
- Represents a time set at a high altitude.
- World record
All-time top 25 men
- Correct as of June 2017.
More facts about these male runners
- Usain Bolt also holds the record for the fastest 100 metres with a running start at 8.70 (41 km/h). This was achieved during a 150 metres race in Manchester 2009, completed in 14.35 (also a World Record). He also ran times of 9.63 (2012), 9.69, 9.72 (2008), 9.76 (2008, 2011, 2012), 9.77 (2008, 2013), 9.79 (2009, 2012, 2015), 9.80 (2013), 9.81 (2009, 2016), 9.82 (2010, 2012), 9.83 (2008), 9.84 (2010), 9.85 (2008, 2011, 2013), 9.86 (2009, 2010, 2012, 2016), 9.87 (2012, 2015) and 9.88 (2011, 2016)
- Justin Gatlin ran 9.77 in Doha on 12 May 2006, which was at the time ratified as a world record. However, the record was rescinded in 2007 after he failed a doping test in April 2006. He also ran times of 9.74 (2015), 9.75 (2015), 9.77 (2014), 9.78 (2015), 9.79 (2012), 9.80 (2014, 2015, 2016), 9.82 (2014), 9.83 (2014, 2015), 9.85 (2004, 2013), 9.86 (2014), 9.88 (2005)
- Tim Montgomery's time of 9.78 at Paris on 14 September 2002 was rescinded following his indictment in the BALCO scandal on drug use and drug trafficking charges. The time had stood as the world record until Asafa Powell first ran 9.77.
- Ben Johnson ran 9.79 at Seoul on 24 September 1988, but he was disqualified after he tested positive for stanozolol after the race. He subsequently admitted to drug use between 1981 and 1988, and his time of 9.83 at Rome on 30 August 1987 was rescinded. Carl Lewis's 9.92 in the Seoul race was therefore recognised as the world record, and his two prior runs of 9.93 were seen as having equalled the previous world record.
- Ato Boldon ran four 9.86 races (two in 1998, two in 1999).
- Dwain Chambers time of 9.87 (+2.0) on 14 September 2002 in Paris was later annulled due to doping offence.
- Steve Mullings is serving a lifetime ban for doping.
- Jimmy Vicaut also ran 9.86 and 9.88 in June 2016.
Any performance with a following wind of more than 2.0 metres per second is not counted for record purposes. Below is a list of the fastest wind-assisted times (9.80 or better). Only times that are superior to legal bests are shown.
- Justin Gatlin ran 9.45 (+20 m/s) in 2011 on the Japanese TV show Kasupe! assisted by wind machines blowing at speeds over 25 meters per second.
- Tyson Gay (USA) ran 9.68 (+4.1 m/s) on 29 June 2008 during the U.S. Olympic Trials at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon
- Andre De Grasse (CAN) ran 9.69 (+4.8 m/s) on 18 June 2017 during Diamond League in Stockholm  and 9.75 (+2.7 m/s) on 12 June 2015 at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon.
- Obadele Thompson (BAR) ran 9.69 (+5.7 m/s) in El Paso, Texas in April 1996, which stood as the fastest ever 100 metres time for 12 years.
- Richard Thompson (TTO) ran a wind-assisted 9.74 (exact wind unknown) in Clermont on 31 May 2014.
- Darvis Patton (USA) ran 9.75 (+4.3 m/s) in Austin, Texas on 30 March 2013.
- Churandy Martina (AHO) ran 9.76 at altitude (+6.1 m/s) in El Paso on 13 May 2006.
- Trayvon Bromell (USA) ran 9.76 (+3.7 m/s) in Eugene, Oregon on 26 June 2015.
- Carl Lewis (USA) ran 9.78 (+5.2 m/s) at the 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials in Indianapolis.
- Andre Cason (USA) twice ran 9.79 (+4.5 m/s) and (+5.3 m/s) in Eugene, Oregon on 16 June 1993.
All-time top 25 women
- Correct as of June 2017. 
|1||10.49||0.0||Florence Griffith-Joyner||United States||16 July 1988||Indianapolis|
More facts about these female runners
- Florence Griffith-Joyner's world record has been the subject of a controversy due to strong suspicion of a defective anemometer measuring a tailwind lower than actually present;  since 1997 the International Athletics Annual of the Association of Track and Field Statisticians has listed this performance as "probably strongly wind assisted, but recognised as a world record".  It can be reasonable to assume a wind reading of about +4.7 m/s for Griffith-Joyner's quarter-final. Her 10.61 the following day and 10.62 at the 1988 Olympics would still make her the world record holder. 
Below is a list of all other legal times equal or superior to 10.77:
- As well as the 10.61 (1988) and 10.62 (1988) mentioned in the more facts section, Florence Griffith-Joyner also ran 10.70 (1988).
- Carmelita Jeter also ran 10.67 (2009), 10.70 (2011).
- Marion Jones also ran 10.70 (1999), 10.71 (1998), 10.71 (1998), 10.71 (1998), 10.72 (1998), 10.72 (1998), 10.75 (1998), 10.76 (1997, 1999), 10.77 (1998).
- Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce also ran 10.71 (2013), 10.72 (2013), 10.73 (2009), 10.74 (2015), 10.75 (2012), 10.76 (2015), 10.77 (2013).
- Elaine Thompson also ran 10.71 (2016, 2017), 10.72 (2016).
- Kerron Stewart also ran 10.75 (August 2009).
Any performance with a following wind of more than 2.0 metres per second is not counted for record purposes. Below is a list of the fastest wind-assisted times (10.82 or better). Only times that are superior to legal bests are shown.
- Tori Bowie of the USA ran a wind-assisted 10.72 (+3.2) in Eugene, Oregon on 26 June 2015 and 10.74 (+3.1) on July 3 2016.
- Tawanna Meadows of the USA ran a wind-assisted 10.72 (+4.5) in Lubbock, Texas on 6 May 2017.
- Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria ran a wind-assisted 10.75 (+2.2) in Eugene, Oregon on 1 June 2013.
- Marshevet Hooker of the USA ran a wind-assisted 10.76 (+3.4) in Eugene, Oregon on 27 June 2008.
- Gail Devers of the USA ran a wind-assisted 10.77 (+2.3) in San Jose, California on 28 May 1994.
- Ekateríni Thánou of Greece ran a wind-assisted 10.77 (+2.3) in Rethimnó, Greece on 29 May 1999.
- Gwen Torrence of the USA ran a wind-assisted 10.78 (+5.0) in Indianapolis, Indiana on 16 July 1988.
- Muna Lee of the USA ran a wind-assisted 10.78 (+3.3) in Eugene, Oregon on 26 June 2009.
- Marlies Göhr of East Germany ran a wind-assisted 10.79 (+3.3) in Cottbus, East Germany on 16 July 1980.
- Kelli White of the USA ran a wind assisted 10.79 (+2.3) in Carson, California on June 1, 2001. This performance was later annulled due to doping offence.
- Pam Marshall of the USA ran a wind-assisted 10.80 (+2.9) in Eugene, Oregon on 20 June 1986.
- Jenna Prandini of the USA ran a wind-assisted 10.81 (+3.6) in Eugene, Oregon on 2 July 2016.
- Silke Gladisch of East Germany ran a wind-assisted 10.82 (+2.2) in Rome, Italy on 30 August 1987.
Best Year Performances
Top 10 Junior (under-20) men
Updated 24 June 2017 
|1||9.97||+1.8||Trayvon Bromell||United States||13 June 2014||Eugene|
|2||10.00||+1.6||Trentavis Friday||United States||5 July 2014||Eugene|
|3||10.01||+0.0||Darrel Brown||Trinidad and Tobago||24 August 2003||Saint-Denis|
|+1.6||Jeff Demps||United States||28 June 2008||Eugene|
|+0.9 ||Yoshihide Kiryu||Japan||29 April 2013||Hiroshima|
|6||10.03||+0.7||Marcus Rowland||United States||31 July 2009||Port of Spain|
|7||10.04||+1.7||D'Angelo Cherry||United States||10 June 2009||Fayetteville|
|+0.2||Christophe Lemaitre||France||24 July 2009||Novi Sad|
|+1.9||Abdullah Abkar Mohammed||Saudi Arabia||15 April 2016||Norwalk|||
|10||10.05||+0.1||Adam Gemili||Great Britain||11 July 2012||Barcelona|
|+0.5||Abdul Hakim Sani Brown||Japan||24 June 2017||Osaka||18 years, 110 days|||
|-0.6||4 August 2017||London||18 years, 151 days|||
- British sprinter Mark Lewis-Francis recorded a time of 9.97 seconds on 5 August 2001 (aged 18 years, 334 days) but the wind gauge malfunctioned, invalidating the run.
- Nigerian sprinter Davidson Ezinwa ran 10.05 (4 January 1990), but without wind gauge.
- Trayvon Bromell recorded a time of 9.77 s with a strong tailwind of +4.2 m/s on May 2014 during the Big 12 Outdoor Track Championships 
Top 10 Junior (under-20) women
Updated 30 June 2017
|1||10.88||+2.0||Marlies Göhr||East Germany||1 July 1977||Dresden|
|2||10.89||+1.8||Katrin Krabbe||East Germany||20 July 1988||Berlin|
|3||10.98||+2.0||Candace Hill||United States||20 June 2015||Shoreline|||
|4||10.99||+0.9||Ángela Tenorio||Ecuador||22 July 2015||Toronto|||
|5||11.03||+1.7||Silke Gladisch-Möller||East Germany||8 June 1983||Berlin|
|+0.6||English Gardner||United States||14 May 2011||Tucson|
|7||11.04||+1.4||Angela Williams||United States||5 June 1999||Boise|
|8||11.06||+0.9||Khalifa St. Fort||Trinidad and Tobago||24 June 2017||Port of Spain||19 years, 131 days|||
|9||11.07||+0.7||Bianca Knight||United States||27 June 2008||Eugene|
|10||11.08||+2.0||Brenda Morehead||United States||21 June 1976||Eugene|
Top 15 Youth (under-18) boys
Updated 31 March 2017
|Rank||Fastest time (s)||Wind (m/s)||Athlete||Country||Date||Location||Ref|
|1||10.15||+2.0||Anthony Schwartz||United States||31 March 2017||Gainesville|||
|2||10.18||+1.1||Khairul Hafiz Jantan||Malaysia||27 July 2016||Kuching|||
|3||10.19||+0.5||Yoshihide Kiryu||Japan||3 November 2012||Fukuroi|
|4||10.20||+1.5||Tlotliso Leotlela||South Africa||7 September 2015||Apia|||
|5||10.23||+0.8||Tamunosiki Atorudibo||Nigeria||23 March 2002||Enugu|
|+1.2||Rynell Parson||United States||21 June 2007||Indianapolis|
|7||10.24||+0.0||Darrel Brown||Trinidad and Tobago||14 April 2001||Bridgetown|
|8||10.25||+1.5||J-Mee Samuels||United States||11 July 2004||Knoxville|
|+1.6||Jeff Demps||United States||1 August 2007||Knoxville|
|+0.9||Jhevaughn Matherson||Jamaica||5 March 2016||Kingston|||
|11||10.26||+1.2||Deworski Odom||United States||21 July 1994||Lisboa|
|−0.1||Sunday Emmanuel||Nigeria||18 March 1995||Bauchi|
|13||10.27||+0.2||Henry Thomas||United States||19 May 1984||Norwalk|
|+1.6||Curtis Johnson||United States||30 June 1990||Fresno|
|+1.0||Ivory Williams||United States||8 June 2002||Sacramento|
|−0.2||Jazeel Murphy||Jamaica||23 April 2011||Montego Bay|
|+1.9||Raheem Chambers||Jamaica||20 April 2014||Fort-de-France|
Top 10 Youth (under-18) girls
Updated 20 June 2015
|Rank||Fastest time (s)||Wind (m/s)||Athlete||Nation||Date||Location||Ref|
|1||10.98||+2.0||Candace Hill||United States||20 June 2015||Shoreline|||
|2||11.10||+0.9||Kaylin Whitney||United States||5 July 2014||Eugene|||
|3||11.13||+2.0||Chandra Cheeseborough||United States||21 June 1976||Eugene|
|4||11.14||+1.7||Marion Jones||United States||6 June 1992||Norwalk|
|−0.5||Angela Williams||United States||21 June 1997||Edwardsville|
|6||11.16||+1.2||Gabrielle Mayo||United States||22 June 2006||Indianapolis|
|7||11.17 A||+0.6||Wendy Vereen||United States||3 July 1983||Colorado Springs|
|8||11.20 A||+1.2||Raelene Boyle||Australia||15 October 1968||Mexico City|
|9||11.24||-1.0||Ewa Swoboda||Poland||4 June 2015||Sankt Pölten|
|10||11.24||+1.2||Jeneba Tarmoh||United States||22 June 2006||Indianapolis|
|+0.8||Jodie Williams||Great Britain||31 May 2010||Bedford|
Updated to September 2017 
|T11||10.92||+1.8||David Brown||United States||18 April 2014||Walnut|
|T12||10.66||−0.4||Elchin Muradov||Azerbaijan||19 June 2010||Imola|
Updated to April 2017 
|T11||11.91||+0.7||Libby Clegg||Great Britain||9 September 2016||Rio de Janeiro|
|T12||11.40||+0.2||Omara Durand||Cuba||9 September 2016||Rio de Janeiro|
|T13||11.79||+0.5||Leilia Adzhametova||Ukraine||11 September 2016||Rio de Janeiro|
|T32||37.67||0.0||Lindsay Wright||United Kingdom||25 July 1997||Nottingham|
|T33||21.59||−0.4||Kristen Messer||United States||31 August 2012||London|
|T34||17.31||+1.0||Hannah Cockroft||United Kingdom||17 May 2014||Nottwil|
|T35||13.63||+2.0||Isis Holt||Australia||29 October 2015||Doha|
|T36||13.82||+0.3||Wang Fang||People's Republic of China||16 September 2008||Beijing|
|T37||13.13||+1.6||Georgina Hermitage||Great Britain||9 September 2016||Rio de Janeiro|
|T38||12.60||+1.6||Sophie Hahn||Great Britain||22 October 2015||Doha|
|T42||14.61||-0.2||Martina Caironi||Italy||30 October 2015||Doha|
|T43||12.80||+1.0||Marlou van Rhijn||Netherlands||29 October 2015||Doha|
|T44||12.93||–0.4||Sophie Kamlish||Great Britain||17 September 2016||Rio de Janeiro|
|T45||14.00||0.0||G Cole||Canada||2 June 1980||Arnhem|
|T46||11.95||−0.2||Yunidis Castillo||Cuba||4 September 2012||London|
|T51||32.08||0.0||V Hill||United States||27 August 1989||Stoke Mandeville|
|T52||18.67||+1.7||Michelle Stilwell||Canada||14 July 2012||Windsor|
|T53||16.19||+1.0||Huang Lisha||China||8 September 2016||Rio de Janeiro|
|T54||15.82||+0.5||Wenjun Liu||People's Republic of China||8 September 2012||London|
| 1896 Athens ||Thomas Burke ( USA)||Fritz Hofmann ( GER)|| Francis Lane ( USA) |
Alajos Szokolyi ( HUN)
| 1900 Paris ||Frank Jarvis ( USA)||Walter Tewksbury ( USA)||Stan Rowley ( AUS)|
| 1904 St. Louis ||Archie Hahn ( USA)||Nathaniel Cartmell ( USA)||William Hogenson ( USA)|
| 1908 London ||Reggie Walker ( RSA)||James Rector ( USA)||Robert Kerr ( CAN)|
| 1912 Stockholm ||Ralph Craig ( USA)||Alvah Meyer ( USA)||Donald Lippincott ( USA)|
| 1920 Antwerp ||Charley Paddock ( USA)||Morris Kirksey ( USA)||Harry Edward ( GBR)|
| 1924 Paris ||Harold Abrahams ( GBR)||Jackson Scholz ( USA)||Arthur Porritt, Baron Porritt ( NZL)|
| 1928 Amsterdam ||Percy Williams ( CAN)||Jack London ( GBR)||Georg Lammers ( GER)|
| 1932 Los Angeles ||Eddie Tolan ( USA)||Ralph Metcalfe ( USA)||Arthur Jonath ( GER)|
| 1936 Berlin ||Jesse Owens ( USA)||Ralph Metcalfe ( USA)||Tinus Osendarp ( NED)|
| 1948 London ||Harrison Dillard ( USA)||Barney Ewell ( USA)||Lloyd LaBeach ( PAN)|
| 1952 Helsinki ||Lindy Remigino ( USA)||Herb McKenley ( JAM)||McDonald Bailey ( GBR)|
| 1956 Melbourne ||Bobby Morrow ( USA)||Thane Baker ( USA)||Hector Hogan ( AUS)|
| 1960 Rome ||Armin Hary ( EUA)||Dave Sime ( USA)||Peter Radford ( GBR)|
| 1964 Tokyo ||Bob Hayes ( USA)||Enrique Figuerola ( CUB)||Harry Jerome ( CAN)|
| 1968 Mexico City ||Jim Hines ( USA)||Lennox Miller ( JAM)||Charles Greene ( USA)|
| 1972 Munich ||Valeriy Borzov ( URS)||Robert Taylor ( USA)||Lennox Miller ( JAM)|
| 1976 Montreal ||Hasely Crawford ( TRI)||Don Quarrie ( JAM)||Valeriy Borzov ( URS)|
| 1980 Moscow ||Allan Wells ( GBR)||Silvio Leonard ( CUB)||Petar Petrov ( BUL)|
| 1984 Los Angeles ||Carl Lewis ( USA)||Sam Graddy ( USA)||Ben Johnson ( CAN)|
| 1988 Seoul   ||Carl Lewis ( USA)||Linford Christie ( GBR)||Calvin Smith ( USA)|
| 1992 Barcelona ||Linford Christie ( GBR)||Frankie Fredericks ( NAM)||Dennis Mitchell ( USA)|
| 1996 Atlanta ||Donovan Bailey ( CAN)||Frankie Fredericks ( NAM)||Ato Boldon ( TRI)|
| 2000 Sydney ||Maurice Greene ( USA)||Ato Boldon ( TRI)||Obadele Thompson ( BAR)|
| 2004 Athens ||Justin Gatlin ( USA)||Francis Obikwelu ( POR)||Maurice Greene ( USA)|
| 2008 Beijing ||Usain Bolt ( JAM)||Richard Thompson ( TRI)||Walter Dix ( USA)|
| 2012 London ||Usain Bolt ( JAM)||Yohan Blake ( JAM)||Justin Gatlin ( USA)|
| 2016 Rio de Janeiro ||Usain Bolt ( JAM)||Justin Gatlin ( USA)||Andre De Grasse ( CAN)|
| 1928 Amsterdam ||Betty Robinson ( USA)||Fanny Rosenfeld ( CAN)||Ethel Smith ( CAN)|
| 1932 Los Angeles ||Stanisława Walasiewicz ( POL)||Hilda Strike ( CAN)||Wilhelmina von Bremen ( USA)|
| 1936 Berlin ||Helen Stephens ( USA)||Stanisława Walasiewicz ( POL)||Käthe Krauß ( GER)|
| 1948 London ||Fanny Blankers-Koen ( NED)||Dorothy Manley ( GBR)||Shirley Strickland ( AUS)|
| 1952 Helsinki ||Marjorie Jackson ( AUS)||Daphne Hasenjager ( RSA)||Shirley Strickland de la Hunty ( AUS)|
| 1956 Melbourne ||Betty Cuthbert ( AUS)||Christa Stubnick ( EUA)||Marlene Matthews ( AUS)|
| 1960 Rome ||Wilma Rudolph ( USA)||Dorothy Hyman ( GBR)||Giuseppina Leone ( ITA)|
| 1964 Tokyo ||Wyomia Tyus ( USA)||Edith McGuire ( USA)||Ewa Kłobukowska ( POL)|
| 1968 Mexico City ||Wyomia Tyus ( USA)||Barbara Ferrell ( USA)||Irena Szewińska ( POL)|
| 1972 Munich ||Renate Stecher ( GDR)||Raelene Boyle ( AUS)||Silvia Chivás ( CUB)|
| 1976 Montreal ||Annegret Richter ( FRG)||Renate Stecher ( GDR)||Inge Helten ( FRG)|
| 1980 Moscow ||Lyudmila Kondratyeva ( URS)||Marlies Göhr ( GDR)||Ingrid Auerswald ( GDR)|
| 1984 Los Angeles ||Evelyn Ashford ( USA)||Alice Brown ( USA)||Merlene Ottey ( JAM)|
| 1988 Seoul ||Florence Griffith-Joyner ( USA)||Evelyn Ashford ( USA)||Heike Drechsler ( GDR)|
| 1992 Barcelona ||Gail Devers ( USA)||Juliet Cuthbert ( JAM)||Irina Privalova ( EUN)|
| 1996 Atlanta ||Gail Devers ( USA)||Merlene Ottey ( JAM)||Gwen Torrence ( USA)|
| 2000 Sydney ||Vacant||Ekaterini Thanou ( GRE)||Merlene Ottey ( JAM)|
|Tayna Lawrence ( JAM)|
| 2004 Athens ||Yulia Nestsiarenka ( BLR)||Lauryn Williams ( USA)||Veronica Campbell ( JAM)|
| 2008 Beijing ||Shelly-Ann Fraser ( JAM)||Sherone Simpson ( JAM)||none awarded|
|Kerron Stewart ( JAM)|
| 2012 London ||Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce ( JAM)||Carmelita Jeter ( USA)||Veronica Campbell-Brown ( JAM)|
| 2016 Rio de Janeiro ||Elaine Thompson ( JAM)||Tori Bowie ( USA)||Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce ( JAM)|
World Championship medallists
| 1983 Helsinki ||Carl Lewis ( USA )||Calvin Smith ( USA )||Emmit King ( USA )|
| 1987 Rome ||Carl Lewis ( USA )||Raymond Stewart ( JAM )||Linford Christie ( GBR )|
| 1991 Tokyo ||Carl Lewis ( USA )||Leroy Burrell ( USA )||Dennis Mitchell ( USA )|
| 1993 Stuttgart ||Linford Christie ( GBR )||Andre Cason ( USA )||Dennis Mitchell ( USA )|
| 1995 Gothenburg ||Donovan Bailey ( CAN )||Bruny Surin ( CAN )||Ato Boldon ( TRI )|
| 1997 Athens ||Maurice Greene ( USA )||Donovan Bailey ( CAN )||Tim Montgomery ( USA )|
| 1999 Seville ||Maurice Greene ( USA )||Bruny Surin ( CAN )||Dwain Chambers ( GBR )|
| 2001 Edmonton ||Maurice Greene ( USA )||Bernard Williams ( USA )||Ato Boldon ( TRI )|
| 2003 Saint-Denis ||Kim Collins ( SKN )||Darrel Brown ( TRI )||Darren Campbell ( GBR )|
| 2005 Helsinki ||Justin Gatlin ( USA )||Michael Frater ( JAM )||Kim Collins ( SKN )|
| 2007 Osaka ||Tyson Gay ( USA )||Derrick Atkins ( BAH )||Asafa Powell ( JAM )|
| 2009 Berlin ||Usain Bolt ( JAM )||Tyson Gay ( USA )||Asafa Powell ( JAM )|
| 2011 Daegu ||Yohan Blake ( JAM )||Walter Dix ( USA )||Kim Collins ( SKN )|
| 2013 Moscow ||Usain Bolt ( JAM )||Justin Gatlin ( USA )||Nesta Carter ( JAM )|
| 2015 Beijing ||Usain Bolt ( JAM )||Justin Gatlin ( USA )|| Trayvon Bromell ( USA ) |
Andre De Grasse ( CAN )
| 2017 London ||Justin Gatlin ( USA )||Christian Coleman ( USA )||Usain Bolt ( JAM )|
| 1983 Helsinki ||Marlies Oelsner-Göhr ( GDR )||Marita Koch ( GDR )||Diane Williams ( USA )|
| 1987 Rome ||Silke Gladisch-Möller ( GDR )||Heike Daute-Drechsler ( GDR )||Merlene Ottey ( JAM )|
| 1991 Tokyo ||Katrin Krabbe ( GER )||Gwen Torrence ( USA )||Merlene Ottey ( JAM )|
| 1993 Stuttgart ||Gail Devers ( USA )||Merlene Ottey ( JAM )||Gwen Torrence ( USA )|
| 1995 Gothenburg ||Gwen Torrence ( USA )||Merlene Ottey ( JAM )||Irina Privalova ( RUS )|
| 1997 Athens ||Marion Jones ( USA )||Zhanna Pintusevich ( UKR )||Savatheda Fynes ( BAH )|
| 1999 Seville ||Marion Jones ( USA )||Inger Miller ( USA )||Ekaterini Thanou ( GRE )|
| 2001 Edmonton ||Zhanna Pintusevich-Block ( UKR )||Ekaterini Thanou ( GRE )||Chandra Sturrup ( BAH )|
| 2003 Saint-Denis ||Torri Edwards ( USA )||Chandra Sturrup ( BAH )||Ekaterini Thanou ( GRE )|
| 2005 Helsinki ||Lauryn Williams ( USA )||Veronica Campbell ( JAM )||Christine Arron ( FRA )|
| 2007 Osaka ||Veronica Campbell-Brown ( JAM )||Lauryn Williams ( USA )||Carmelita Jeter ( USA )|
| 2009 Berlin ||Shelly-Ann Fraser ( JAM )||Kerron Stewart ( JAM )||Carmelita Jeter ( USA )|
| 2011 Daegu ||Carmelita Jeter ( USA )||Veronica Campbell-Brown ( JAM )||Kelly-Ann Baptiste ( TRI )|
| 2013 Moscow ||Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce ( JAM )||Murielle Ahouré ( CIV )||Carmelita Jeter ( USA )|
| 2015 Beijing ||Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce ( JAM )||Dafne Schippers ( NED )||Tori Bowie ( USA )|
| 2017 London ||Tori Bowie ( USA )||Marie-Josée Ta Lou ( CIV )||Dafne Schippers ( NED )|