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100 meter Sprint for Men at Olympics

100 meter Sprint for Men at Olympics: Athletics had been contested at ancient fairs and festivals as a part of the religious ceremonies. This event has been always held throughout the history of sports. The traditional sprint event is the 100

meter race run on a straight line. On the oval shaped outdoor track, the race is started from an extended portion of the track to allow the sprinters to run in a straight line. The 100 meter sprint event is the most esteemed sport event among the athletes. The world record holder in the event is given the title of the world's fastest athlete. Some athletes have been found using illegal drugs for increasing their flexibility and speed. The International Association of Athletics Federations or IAAF is the administrator of the 100 meter sprint for men in the international stages.

100 meter Sprint for Men in Summer Olympics: The 100 meter sprint event for men was introduced to the Olympic schedule at the very first modern Summer Games in 1896, which was held in Athens. Since then, athletes from all over the world have been striving for this title at the Olympics. The event has always been dominated by the athletes from the United States of America.

Rules for 100 meter Sprint for Men at Olympics: The International Association of Athletics Federations or IAAF has set some rules for the track and field athletic events. The rules also apply for the 100 meter sprint event. Some of the rules are as follows -

  • The length of the track and the width of each lane are specified by the IAAF.
  • If the number of competitor is more than ten in the 100 meter sprint event, then, preliminary heat races are held. The winners or the top sprinters will qualify for the next round.
  • Any sprinter with a false start will be warned after the first attempt. After the next false start, he will be disqualified.
  • The records may be made only on the track which is made of such a substance which allows runners to run with spiked shoes.
  • The athlete is not given any credit if he or she does not finish the race.
  • The time of the event has to be measured with a permitted automatic timing device.
  • The radius of the outside lane of the track cannot be more than 50 meter.
  • No athlete is permitted to run inside the inner curve of the track. Even stepping on the inner line of the track is not allowed.

Medal Winners in the 100 meter Sprint for Men:

Usain BOLTJAM200
Maurice GREENEUSA101

The athletes of the United States of America have been dominating the 100 meter sprint event since the early days. Some of the athletes who have excelled in the event are Asafa Powell, Justin Gatlin, Maurice Greene, Donovan Bailey, Bruny Surin, Tyson Gay, Leroy Burrell, Olusoji Fasuba, Carl Lewis, Frank Fredericks, Ato Boldon, Francis Obikwelu, Tom Burke, Archie Hahn, Linford Christie, Allan Wells and Jesse Owens.

Trivia: The American sprinter Charley Paddock won the 100 meter sprint in the 1920 Antwerp Summer Games. The great athlete died in 1943 in a plane crash, while serving as a US Marine captain.

Ben Johnson of Canada defeated Carl Lewis in the 100 meter sprint event in the 1988 Seoul Summer Games. In the event, he set a world record with a timing of 9.79 seconds. However, right after the games, Johnson was tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. As a consequence, he was stripped of his title and the Olympic medal.

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