2024 Track and Field


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Jul 15, 2005
3/4 Chicago, 1/4 Boston


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Oct 1, 2015
Noah Lyles gets me thinking about Usain Bolt's 100m world record. Here's the top 5 times ever:

(1) 9.58, Usain Bolt
(2) 9.63, Usain Bolt
(3) 9.69, Usain Bolt
(4) 9.69, Tyson Gay
(5) 9.69, Johan Blake

The difference between Bolt's record of 9.58 and the best time by someone not named Usain Bolt (Gay and Blake) is 0.11 seconds, which at the world class level of the 100m dash, is gargantuan. To put it in perspective, you have Bolt's 9.58 and squeezed in between his 9.58 and the time of 9.69 is Bolt's 9.63, which he ran in London. So one time between Bolt's 9.58 and the 9.69. But how many times have been run between 9.69 and 9.80 - just another 0.11 of a second?


The gap between #1 and #3 is the same as the gap between #3 and #49. It's kind of like Bob Beamon's long jump record in 1968 in Mexico City. It took forever for someone to best that.

So when can we expect someone to beat Bolt's 9.58?

In 2023, three men ran 9.83 - Zharnel Hughes, Noah Lyle, and Christian Coleman. Twelve times someone ran 9.89 or better in 2023. Nobody better than 9.83. Is anyone likely to come even close to Bolt's record in Paris this summer, or at the Olympic trials? How long will it be before Bolt's record falls?

Time to Mo Vaughn

RIP Dernell
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Mar 24, 2008
24 years old and only moved up to marathons about a year earlier. Incredible talent and might have been the first sub 2:00 marathoner.


The Ultimate One
SoSH Member
Sep 27, 2016
Pittsburgh, PA
IAAF proposes to change the long jump format from a takeoff board (with all jumps measured from the end of the board, and setting foot over the board means a fault) to a "takeoff zone", where your jump distance is measured from the spot you took off from.


They point out that 1/3 of all jumps are no-jumps / faults, and that's not exciting. That said, the tech to precisely measure the distance from the jump spot probably imposes too much cost to use at anything other than the Olympics and World Championships (like, I'm not sure they'd do it at every Diamond League event).

Carl Lewis is opposed:

View: https://twitter.com/Carl_Lewis/status/1759747780413685894

Which is somewhat ironic, given that if this rule had been in place for him, his famously disputed fault on a would-be 30-foot jump (which would be a massive increment to the world record even of today, as that Posnanski article details) in Indianapolis 1982 would have counted, and given him one of the most unbreakable records in athletics, one of absolutely legendary proportions.


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Feb 6, 2003
I was watching at 10 PM PDT and there was daylight in Eugene. No “Live” bug on the screen, either. Same now for the swimming trials on USA. Doesn’t say Live, not sure if it is or Isnt
The swimming was not live it was a replay of the heats that were live on Peacock earlier