Sprinting in History

Events in Sport

  • 1921-08-07 Cyclist Piet Moeskops becomes world champ sprinter

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1936-06-20 Jesse Owens of US sets 100 meter record at 10.2

Track and Field Athlete Jesse Owens
Track and Field Athlete
Jesse Owens
  • 1953-08-23 Cyclist Arie Van Vliet becomes world champion sprinter
  • 1956-08-03 Willie Williams of US sets 100 meter record at 10.1
  • 1968-06-20 Jim Hines becomes 1st person to run 100 meters in under 10 seconds
  • 1978-09-02 Graham Salmon set worlds record for 100 meters by a blind man
  • 2005-06-14 Asafa Powell of Jamaica sets a new Men's 100 meters world record of 9.77 at the Athens Olympic Stadium

Sports record brokenWorld Record

2008-08-16 Usain Bolt sets a new 100 metres world record of 9.69 seconds at the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Sprinter Usain Bolt
Olympic Sprinter
Usain Bolt
  • 2012-09-13 19 people are killed after a freight elevator crashes from 100 meters in Wuhan, China
  • 2012-12-09 13 people are killed and 10 are injured after a bus rolls of a cliff and falls 100 meters in Taiwan

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1882-06-09 Bobby Kerr, Canadian sprinter (d. 1963)
  • 1894-11-23 Ture Persson, Sweden, sprinter (Olympic-silver-1912)
  • 1899-12-15 Harold Abrahams, English sprinter (d. 1978)
  • 1900-08-10 Arthur Porritt, NZ, 100m sprinter (Olympic-bronze-1924)
  • 1909-02-07 Joseph "Poeske" Scherens, Flem cyclist (champ sprinter 1932-37) [OS]
  • 1909-02-17 Joseph "Poeske" Scherens, Belgian cyclist (champ sprinter 1932-37)[NS]
  • 1909-08-13 Wilhelmina Von Bremen, US 4X100 relay sprinter (Olympic-gold-1932)
  • 1911-04-03 Stanislawa Walasiewicz [Stella Walsh], Polish-born American sprinter (Olympic gold 1932), born in Wierzchownia
  • 1911-08-23 Elizabeth "Betty" Robinson, US 100m sprinter (Olympic-gold-1928)
  • 1913-10-22 Annette Rogers, US sprinter (Olympic-gold-1932, 36)
  • 1924-11-16 Mel Patton, American sprinter & Olympic champion, born in Los Angeles, California, (d. 2014)
  • 1931-09-13 Marjorie Jackson, Australia, sprinter (Olympic-gold-1952) [or Feb 13]
  • 1932-02-03 Maria Itkina, USSR, sprinter (9 world records)
  • 1934-02-14 Marlene Matthews, Australia, sprinter (Oly-2 bronze-1956)
  • 1934-09-11 Norma Croker, Australian sprinter
  • 1935-10-15 Bobby Joe Morrow, Brownsville TX, sprinter (Olympic-3 gold-1956)
  • 1937-08-10 Lucinda Williams, US sprinter (Olympic-gold-1960)
  • 1941-05-09 Dorothy Hyman, England, sprinter (Oly-silver-60)
  • 1944-03-15 Chi Cheng, Taiwan, sprinter/80m hurdler (Oly-Bronze-68)
  • 1944-06-03 Edith McGuire, US 200m sprinter (Olympic-gold-1964)
  • 1944-06-05 Tommie Smith, US sprinter (Olympic-gold-1968) [or Jan 5]
  • 1946-10-01 Eva Klobukowska, Poland, relay sprinter (Olympic-gold-1964)
  • 1950-05-12 Renate Stecher-Meissner, German DR, sprinter (Oly-gold-72)
  • 1950-10-13 Annegret Richter-Irrang, German FR, sprinter (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • 1950-12-31 Inge Helten, German FR, sprinter (Olympic-bronze-1976)
  • 1951-06-24 Raelene Boyle, Australia, sprinter (Oly-Silver-72)
  • 1952-04-01 Rey Robinson, US, 100m sprinter (Olympic-1972)
  • 1952-05-03 Allen Wells, Scottish 100m sprinter (Olympic gold-1980), born in Edinburgh
  • 1955-03-21 Barbel Wockel-Eckert, German DR, sprinter (Olympic-4 gold-1976, 80)
  • 1957-02-18 Marita Koch, German DR, 400m sprinter (Oly-gold-1980)
  • 1958-03-21 Marlies Gohr, German DR, sprinter (Olympic-gold-1976, 80)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1961-07-01 Carl Lewis [Frederick], sprinter and long jumper (Oly-9 gold-84-96), born in Birmingham, Alabama

Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper Carl Lewis
Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper
Carl Lewis
  • 1964-12-16 Heike Drechsler, Gera German DR, sprinter (1988 world record)
  • 1967-07-12 Bruny Surin, Cap Haitien Haiti, Canadian 4X100m sprinter (Oly-gold-96)
  • 1967-08-04 Michael Lawrence Marsh, American sprinter (Olympic 200m gold 1992, silver 1996), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1968-08-31 Glenroy Gilbert, Trinidad, Canadian 4X100m sprinter (Olympics-gold-96)
  • 1968-09-09 Jon Drummond, American former sprinter
  • 1969-04-10 Ekaterini Koffa, Greek sprinter
  • 1970-09-01 Jodi Lambert, Australian 100m/200m sprinter (Olympics-96)
  • 1971-08-14 Christopher R Nelloms, sprinter, born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1972-05-02 Peter Ogilvie, 100m sprinter (Olympics-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1972-12-12 Yeoryios Theodoridis, Greek sprinter
  • 1976-04-05 Kim Collins, Nevisian sprinter
  • 1976-06-02 Elly Hutton, Australian 100m sprinter (Olympics-96)
  • 1978-01-14 Shawn Crawford, American sprinter
  • 1978-08-05 Kim Gevaert, Belgian sprinter
  • 1979-07-07 Anastasios Gousis, Greek sprinter
  • 1981-04-25 John McFall, British Paralympic sprinter
  • 1981-09-17 Francis Manioru, Solomon Islander sprinter
  • 1982-02-10 Justin Gatlin, American sprinter
  • 1982-08-09 Tyson Gay, American sprinter
  • 1982-11-23 Asafa Powell, Jamaican sprinter
  • 1986-06-27 LaShawn Merritt, American sprinter

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1986-08-21 Usain Bolt, Jamaican sprinter (3x Olympic Gold 2008), born in Sherwood Content, Trelawny, Jamaica

Olympic Sprinter Usain Bolt
Olympic Sprinter
Usain Bolt

Deaths in Sport

  • 1976-07-23 Wilhelmina Von Bremen, 4X100 relay sprinter (Oly-gold-32), dies at 64
  • 1976-12-29 Ivo van Damme, Belgian 800/1500 m sprinter (Oly-silver-76), dies at 22
  • 1980-01-01 Frank Clifford Wykoff, sprinter (Olympic-gold-28, 32, 36), dies at 70
  • 1980-12-04 Stanislawa Walasiewicz [Stella Walsh], Polish-born American sprinter (Olympic gold 1932), dies shot during an armed robbery, at 69
  • 1994-11-12 Wilma Glodean Rudolph, US sprinter (Olympics-3 gold-60), dies at 54
  • 2013-03-22 Pietro Mennea, Italian sprinter, dies from cancer at 60
  • 2014-05-09 Mel Patton, American sprinter, double Olympic champion, dies at 89