Tracey becomes 20th Jamaican to run sub-10

Observer writer

Thursday, July 26, 2018

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Athletics World Cup 100m champion Tyquendo Tracey recently became the 20th Jamaican man to run the 100m under 10 seconds legally after he dipped under the mark twice at the Muller Anniversary Games in London.

Tracey, who had run a then personal best 10.03 seconds at the same stadium a week earlier to win the World Cup title, ran 9.96 seconds in the heats where he was fourth and then ran 9.98 seconds in the final for seventh.

His time in the heats makes him the joint 13th fastest Jamaican man ever with Raymond Stewart and Senoj-Jay Givans on the list led by World Record holder Usain Bolt with 9.58 seconds, set at the IAAF World Championships in Berlin in 2009. Bolt also owns the top three times ever run — 9.63 seconds set at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and 9.69 seconds done in 2008 while winning his first Olympic Games title in Beijing, China.

Yohan Blake's 9.69 seconds set in Lausanne in 2012 makes him the joint second best ever over the 100m with American Tyson Gay, while Asafa Powell's best of 9.72 seconds makes him fourth best ever.

Nesta Carter is the next best Jamaican with 9.78 seconds set in Rieti, Italy in 2010 and is joint sixth with Powell and American Justin Gatlin on the all-time list.

Steve Mullings' 9.80 seconds set at historic Hayward Field in June, 2011 is next, followed by Michael Frater's 9.88 seconds set in Lausanne in June, 2011.

Nickel Ashmeade's 9.90 seconds set at the World Championships in Moscow, Russia in 2013, places him seventh on the list of fast Jamaican men with Julian Forte's 9.91 seconds set in Berlin, Germany, in August last year puts him at number eight, while Kemar Bailey-Cole's life-time best of 9.92 seconds set in London in 2015 is in ninth position.

Former Green Island High and St Elizabeth Technical sprinter Kemarley Brown, who has since switched allegiance to Bahrain, ran 9.93 seconds in 2014 to defend his California Community College Athletic Association title, comes next followed by another former Jamaican sprinter Andrew Fisher, who also switched allegiance to Bahrain, with a personal best 9.94 seconds set in Madrid, Spain in July 2015.

Mario Forsythe, best known for this 200m exploits, ran 9.95 seconds in Rieti, Italy in 2010, followed by Stewart whose 9.96 seconds set in Tokyo in 1991 was the National Record for a long time.

Givans ran his 9.96 seconds at Historic Hayward Field in Oregon in June 2016 while attending the University of Texas.

Percival Spencer ran 9.98 seconds in Kingston in 1997, while Odean Skeen matched that time running in Auburn, Alabama last year and Andre Ewars ran the same time as well in Tampa, Florida in May this year.

Two Jamaican men have run 9.99 seconds as their personal best. Commonwealth Games champion Lerone Clarke ran 9.99 seconds twice, the latest coming in 2009 and Olympic Games and World Indoors and Outdoors 110m hurdles gold medallist Omar McLeod joined the list when he ran 9.99 seconds in Arkansas in April 2016.

McLeod, the national record holder in the indoors 200m and the 110m hurdles is the first man to run the 100m under 10 seconds and the 110m hurdles under 13 seconds.

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