Sub-10.00 Statistical Abstract
Jesse Squire | On 05, Jul 2015
Photo credit: Dane Schubert for Daily Relay
Yesterday’s Meeting Areva, the Paris stop on the Diamond League tour, had a lot of upsets and wild finishes. One race that did go according to form was the men’s 100 meters, where Asafa Powell won in the time of 9.81 seconds.
It led one fan to ask this question:
@AtoBoldon @kenya48 how many sub 10 does @officialasafa have now?
— Kevin Cogley sports (@kevin_cogley) July 4, 2015
Ato Boldon jokingly replied “999,999”, but Powell himself chimed in and said it’s 91 times he’s run under 10.00.
Of course that led to a follow-up question.
@officialasafa @AtoBoldon Who's second? How many?
— Gill Athletics (@GillAthletics) July 4, 2015
This is where my work comes in. Interestingly enough, my count for Asafa Powell’s career sub-10 races is slightly different than his.
Notes for the nerdy: My source is the deep and detailed lists at Alltime-Athletics.com, which breaks things down into a main list plus times that were considered to have a “rolling start” (e.g., a false start that wasn’t called), hand timing, en route to longer distance, and run with a faulty wind gauge. I included all of those sub-10.00 marks with automatic timing, plus three hand-timed 9.7 marks.
Most career sub-10 races
88 – Asafa Powell
53 – Maurice Greene
44 – Usain Bolt
41 – Justin Gatlin
33 – Tyson Gay
31 – Mike Rodgers
29 – Nesta Carter
28 – Ato Boldon
27 – Frank Fredericks
22 – Yohan Blake
Note: four of Bolt’s 44 sub-10 clockings were taken for the first 100 meters of a longer race (150 or 200 meters), the only man who has ever officially done it.
Most career sub-10 races, active athletes
88 – Powell
44 – Bolt
41 – Gatlin
33 – Gay
31 – Rodgers
29 – Carter
22 – Blake
12 – Richard Thompson
10 – Kemar Bailey Cole
10 – Walter Dix
Most sub-10 races in a season
15 – Asafa Powell, 2008
12 – Powell, 2009
12 – Powell, 2006
11 – Usain Bolt, 2008
10 – Justin Gatlin, 2013
10 – Yohan Blake, 2012
Most sub-10 races by nation
311 – USA
222 – Jamaica
49 – Trinidad & Tobago
27 – Namibia
26 – Canada
Notes: Powell has more sub-10s than any countries except the USA and Jamaica, and all of Namibia’s count comes from Frank Fredericks.
Most sub-10 races by venue
48 – Hayward Field
39 – Olympic Stadium (Athens)
39 – Letzigrund
37 – National Stadium (Kingston)
37 – Stade Olympique de la Pontaise
152 – headwind
44 – still air
542 – tailwind (26 had maximum 2.0 m/s)
4 – wind gauge malfunctioned
Youngest: Trayvon Bromell (USA), 27 days before 19th birthday (2014 NCAAs)
Oldest: Kim Collins (SKN), 69 days before 40th birthday (on June 13, 2015; Collins might break it again this summer)
Longest between first and last: Kim Collins, 7/27/02 to 6/13/15
Most in one day: 12 (8/16/08, Beijing Olympic semis & finals)
Most in one race: 7 (8/5/12, London Olympic final)
Jon Mulkeen has compiled the number of sub-10 sprinters for each of the last thirty seasons. This year is already the deepest.
Wikipedia has an entire entry dedicated to the 10-second barrier, including a list of all 105 men who have run 9.99 or better.
That list does not include Powell’s 9.93 from the London 2012 semi-finals or two other sub-tens he ran last year. So Powell IS right. It is 91 sub-tens officially.
Cool. So I am assuming you have enough data to do a trend plot based on the yearly totals of sub-10s? That would be interesting to see as well.
Bolt needs to start racing more to catch Powell, I think Bolt should try to beat Powell’s 15 in one season next year, to get race sharp for the Olympics. Other similar things LaShawn Merritt has I think 89 sub 45 seconds for 400, Mutola has 83 sub 1:58 for 800, Jesse squires did a GREAT article on statistical dominance a few years ago and Heike Dreschler had 248 of the top 500 long jump performances.
Found it, this is the men’s and there is a link to the women’s at the bottom of the article. http://tracksuperfan.com/asafa-powell-and-statistical-dominance