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Jamaica's Powell Breaks 100-Meter Dash Record

Asafa Powell in full stride during record-breaking sprint.

Asafa Powell during his record-breaking 100-meter victory at the Athens Super Grand Prix. Reuters hide caption

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Jamaica's Asafa Powell lowers the world record in the men's 100 meters to 9.77 seconds. His time at a meet in Athens, Greece, trims one-hundredth of a second off the previous mark, set in 2002.

100-Meter History

The progression of the men's 100-meter world record as recognized by the International Amateur Athletic Federation, track and field's worldwide governing body:


1912: 10.6, Donald Lippincott, USA

1921: 10.4, Charles Paddock, USA

1930: 10.3, Percy Williams, Canada

1936: 10.2, Jesse Owens, USA

1956: 10.1, Willie Williams, USA

1960: 10.0, Armin Hary, W. Germany

1968: 9.99, Jim Hines, USA

1968: 9.95, Jim Hines, USA

1983: 9.93, Calvin Smith, USA

1988: 9.92, Carl Lewis, USA

1991: 9.90, Leroy Burrell, USA

1991: 9.86, Carl Lewis, USA

1994: 9.85, Leroy Burrell, USA

1996: 9.84, Donovan Bailey, Canada

1999: 9.79, Maurice Greene, USA

2002: 9.78, Tim Montgomery, USA

2005: 9.77, Asafa Powell, Jamaica

In the past two months, Asafa Powell has run two of the fastest 100-meter times in history:

9.77, Asafa Powell, Jamaica, June 14, 2005.

9.78, Tim Montgomery, United States, Sept. 14, 2002.

9.79, Maurice Greene, United States, June 16, 1999.

9.80, Maurice Greene, United States, Aug. 22, 1999.

9.82, Maurice Greene, United States, Aug. 5, 2001.

9.84, Donovan Bailey, Canada, July 27, 1996.

9.84, Bruny Surin, Canada, Aug. 22, 1999.

9.84, Tim Montgomery, United States, July 13, 2001.

9.84, Asafa Powell, Jamaica, May 7, 2005.

(The Associated Press)



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