What is the 100m world record for women and men and who sets them

What is the 100m world record for women and men and who sets them


The 100m is always the race many athletics and Olympics fans look forward to.

Today sees the final of the women's event take place in Tokyo at 1.50pm UK time.

The men's 100m final will be held on Sunday, August 1, around the same time.

So what are the world record times for each event?

The women's 100m world record

The current world record of 10.49 seconds has stood since 1988, when Florence Griffith-Joyner set the remarkable time.

However, there is some doubt about its validity, with questions raised over the level of wind assistance during the race.

The official race anemometer at the US Olympic trials recorded a wind speed of zero but the long jump anemometer, which was just 10m away, read 4.3m/s - more than double the allowed limit for records to stand.

Despite the controversy, the time was ratified by the IAAF and has stood ever since. The second-fastest wind legal time of 10.61 seconds was also run by Griffith-Joyner.

She also holds the Olympic record, set in 1988, which is 10.62 seconds.

The men's 100m world record

The men's record is, of course, held by the legendary Usain Bolt, who recorded a stunning time of 9.58 seconds at the 2009 World Championships.

The second best time by a different athlete is 9.69, recorded by both Tyson Gay and Yohan Blake.

Bolt also holds the current Olympic record of 9.63, which he set at London 2012.

The British record is held by Linford Christie at 9.87 seconds.