All of the data was compiled from what is available on the official IAAF website, but I have a suspicion that some of the women’s times are missing, particularly for the 100m.

The purpose of this was to get a better visualization of the history of the sprints, but I decided not to write about my thoughts just yet. So it’s more of an overview than strict analysis, but I digress. You can draw your own conclusions based on what you see :).

If you have problems with seeing the interactive charts properly, you can click on images instead.


MEN

100m

  • World Leading Times Since Mainstream Adoption of Fully Automatic Timing: [Chart] [Image]
  • List of all sub-9.90 times in history: [Spreadsheet] [Website] [PDF]
  • Medal Winning Times at the Olympics since the Adoption of Fully Automatic Timing: [Chart] [Image]

200m

  • World Leading Times Since Mainstream Adoption of Fully Automatic Timing: [Chart] [Image]
  • List of all sub-19.90 times in history: [Spreadsheet] [Website] [PDF]
  • Medal Winning Times at the Olympics since the Adoption of Fully Automatic Timing: [Chart] [Image]

400m

  • World Leading Times Since Mainstream Adoption of Fully Automatic Timing: [Chart] [Image]
  • List of all sub-44 times in history: [Spreadsheet] [Website] [PDF]
  • Medal Winning Times at the Olympics since the Adoption of Fully Automatic Timing: [Chart] [Image]

WOMEN

100m

  • World Leading Times Since Mainstream Adoption of Fully Automatic Timing: [Chart] [Image]
  • List of all sub-10.90 times in history: [Spreadsheet] [Website] [PDF]
  • Medal Winning Times at the Olympics since the Adoption of Fully Automatic Timing: [Chart] [Image]

200m

  • World Leading Times Since Mainstream Adoption of Fully Automatic Timing: [Chart] [Image]
  • List of all sub-22 times in history: [Spreadsheet] [Website] [PDF]
  • Medal Winning Times at the Olympics since the Adoption of Fully Automatic Timing: [Chart] [Image]

400m

  • World Leading Times Since Mainstream Adoption of Fully Automatic Timing: [Chart] [Image]
  • List of all sub-49.50 times in history: [Spreadsheet] [Website] [PDF]
  • Medal Winning Times at the Olympics since the Adoption of Fully Automatic Timing: [Chart] [Image]

I plan on updating the charts as the season progresses.

Žiga P. Škraba