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10 greatest 100m runners in Olympics history

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Usain Bolt
Usain Bolt has won two consecutive 100m gold medals in Olympics

There is no other event in Olympic history that is romanticised more than the 100m race, which is being contested ever since the first edition of the greatest spectacle on earth took place. Over the course of history, many athletes, both male and female, have raced on Olympic tracks to bring their nation glory, pride and success on the biggest stage. The 100 meters event has also given birth to several icons, heroes and legends, who have left an indelible mark on the annals of sports history.

The Olympics are a spectacle and the world is treated to over two weeks of amazing action from athletes, who have worked tirelessly for years to arrive on this stage and make it their own. No other moment could be more opportune to take a look at athletes who will always be remembered when the 100 metres Olympic event is mentioned. Here is Sportskeeda’s list of the ten greatest runners in Olympic history:

#10 Merlene Ottey (Jamaica/ now Slovenian)

Merlene Ottey
Merlene Ottey, arguably, is the greatest 100m athlete to not win a gold medal

The path on which the likes of Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce have sprinted to bring Jamaica glory in the Olympics was first found by Merlene Ottey, who is probably the greatest 100m runner in history to not win a gold at the Games. Now a Slovenian citizen, Merlene Ottey has all sorts of records under her belt, right from appearing in most number of Olympics (7) to winning maximum World Championships medals (14).

Ottey’s best performance at the Olympics came in the 1996 Atlanta Games, where she won silver to better her record of previously winning bronze at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. She has a colossal 9 Olympics medals but none of them are gold, which is what makes it really unfortunate. Her last 100m medal came at the 2000 Sydney Games, where Ottey won bronze.

Best performance in 100m at Olympics: Silver Medal (1996 Atlanta)

Best ever timing at Olympics: 10.93 seconds (1996 Atlanta)

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