This write-up is aimed for readers born prior to 1960 as soon as running 100 yards was the norm, especially in the USA.

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Tright here has been a lot of buzz on how fast Usain Bolt could run a 40 yard dash, which were sustained by the Chris Johnson’s current 40 yard difficulty to determine the World’s Fastest Man.  (Shades of Donovan Bailey and Michael Johnboy circa 1997 concerned mind.  You can’t compare a 100m to 200m, let alone a 40 yard to a 100m)

The 100 yard dash is exactly 91.44 meters

In 1964, Bob Hayes set the WR of 9.1 secs for 100 yards which was equaled by John Carlos in 1969.  There were even some reports of 9.0 performances.

At that time, the 100 meter World Record was 9.9 hand also timed.

Based on these results, in concept, you can extrapolate your 100 yard dash time by adding 0.8 seconds if you were an elite sprinter.  Then aget, some 100 meter races are won and also lost throughout those last 8.5 meters!

Of course, a slower 100 yard dash time would certainly call for a larger extrapolation (0.9?) as a result of the drop in peak end rate.  There is no solved dominance.

If you want to see some sample elite times for the 100 yards, Track and also Field News has a nice compilation of the History of US National Championships outcomes for the 100 yards and meters.  Keep in mind they ran the 100 yards up till the at an early stage 1970’s yet on the Olympic year, they ran the Nationals (which doubled as the Trials) in meters.


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Usain Bolt and the 100 Yard dash

Taking his 9.58 splits from 2009 WC in Berlin, Usain Bolt break-up 90 meters in 8.75.

You can take his last 10m segment (0.83 sec) and multiply that by 0.144 to acquire 0.1195 seconds. 

That provides a grand total of 8.75 + 0.12 = 8.87 seconds for an approximate 100 yard dash.  Subtract 0.24 from FAT to HT, and you are looking at 8.6 or 8.7 hand also time.

You can argue exactly how rapid John Carlos’ 9.1 would be if he had better spikes, better training, and much faster tracks, yet I’ll save that for the documentary.

On the following WC, I would certainly prefer to watch the IAAF setup 2 end up lines with the first one at 91.44 meters.

Why not?  Usain is attributed for the 150 meter World Record.

Maybe someday Usian deserve to host 11 people records concurrently?  He’s presently at 4.  And counting.

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About Jimchild Lee

I am a Masters Athlete and also Coach presently based in London UK. My other projects encompass the Bud Winter Foundation, writer for the IAAF New Studies in Athletics Journal (NSA) and a member of the Track & Field Writers of America.