Watch when Usain Bolt broke 100m world record with historic time of 9.58 seconds that has not been beaten to this day
Usain Bolt is the fastest man over 100 meters in the history of Planet Earth.
Between 2008 and 2009, the Jamaican icon broke the men’s 100m world record three times, with his final time of 9.58 seconds standing unbeaten to this day.
Bolt first broke fellow countryman Asafa Powell’s world record of 9.74 when he was just 21 years of age.
In May 2008 he posted a time of 9.72, which he then smashed again and improved to 9.69 at the 2008 Olympics three months later.
It was at age 22 though, on a Berlin night in August 2009, that Bolt achieved his greatest ever performance.
The star-studded World Championship final featured Bolt, Powell and the previous winner from 2007, America’s Tyson Gay.
Bolt went in as the world record-holder, Powell as the former world record-holder and Gay as the US record-holder.
In reality though, the race was seen as a duel between Bolt and Gay with Powell not expected to compete with the top two.
As always pre-race, Bolt was relaxed and dancing during the introductions.
His typical carefree style had not failed him before and wasn’t going to this time.
The Berlin Olympic Stadium – which hosted Jesse Owens’ legendary triumph in front of Adolf Hitler at the 1936 Olympics – hushed as the sprinters took their positions.
When the starting pistol fired, Bolt and Gay both got away well, but they were accompanied unexpectedly by Daniel Bailey of Antigua and Barbuda who had also achieved an excellent start.
From this point on though, it was one man’s race.
Bolt began to pull away at the halfway mark and extended his lead further and further as he hit top speed.
By the time they reached the finish, the Jamaican was more than a full stride ahead of the American in second place, with Powell having risen to finish third.
Bolt didn’t even dip for the finish, but the crowd erupted regardless as a time of 9.58 showed up on the screens around the track.
The main race commentator didn’t seem to realise at first as he read out the order of finishers crossing the line before his co-commentator interrupted by shouting: “9.58! Smashing the world record, unbelievable! He’s done it again.”
Bolt looked back to see his time and then continued to run around the track in celebration.
Desperate photographers attempted to keep up with him but, of course, struggled to do so.
He eventually paused to pick up a Jamaican flag from the crowd as his celebrations continued.
As the other times came in, it was revealed that Gay broke his own US record with a 9.71.
Regardless, he was still comfortably beaten by a time that still stands as the world record to this day, and may well do for many years to come.