Gold medal times in the 100m sprint at the Summer Olympics, 1896-2020

Gold medal winning times in the Men's and Women's 100m Sprint at the Summer Olympics from 1896 to 2020

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1896 to 2021

Supplementary notes

This data was collected using the official site, as well as a spreadsheet from the Guardian that includes data from 1896-2008 (available here), 2012 and 2016 data was compared with that from Encyclopaedia Britannica, and several news outlets were used to update the table when medals were reassigned (i.e. for doping offenses).

The winning athletes (male listed first) and their represented countries are as follows:
1896 - Thomas Burke (US)
1900 - Frank Jarvis (US)
1904 - Archie Hahn (US)
1908 - Reggie Walker (South Africa)
1912 - Ralph Craig (US)
1920 - Charles Paddock (US)
1924 - Harold Abrahams (Great Britain)
1928 - Percy Williams (Canada) & Elizabeth Robinson (US)
1932 - Eddie Tolan (US) & Stanislawa Walasiewicz (Poland)
1936 - Jesse Owens (US) & Helen Stephens (US)
1948 - Harrison Dillard (US) & Fanny Blankers-Koen (Netherlands)
1952 - Lindy Remigino (US) & Marjorie Jackson (Australia)
1956 - Bobby Morrow (US) & Betty Cuthbert (Australia)
1960 - Armin Hary (Germany) & Wilma Rudolph (US)
1964 - Bob Hayes (US) & Wyomia Tyus (US)
1968 - Jim Hines (US) & Wyomia Tyus (US)
1972 - Valeriy Borzov (USSR) & Renate Stecher (East Germany)
1976 - Hasley Crawford (Trinidad and Tobago) & Annegret Richter-Irrgang (West Germany)
1980 - Allan Wells (Great Britain) & Lyudmila Kondratyeva (USSR)
1984 - Carl Lewis (US) & Evelyn Ashford (US)
1988 - Carl Lewis* (US) & Florence Griffith Joyner** (US)
1992 - Linford Christie (Great Britain) & Gail Evers (US)
1996 - Donovan Bailey (Canada) & Gail Devers (US)
2000 - Maurice Greene (US) & Not awarded***
2004 - Justin Gatlin (US) & Yuliya Nestsiarenka (Belarus)
2008 - Usain Bolt (Jamaica) & Shelly-Anne Fraser-Price (Jamaica)
2012 - Usain Bolt (Jamaica) & Shelly-Anne Fraser-Price (Jamaica)
2016 - Usain Bolt (Jamaica) & Elaine Thompson (Jamaica)
2020 - Lamont Marcell Jacobs (Italy) & Elaine Thompson-Herah (Jamaica)

*The original winner of the men's 100m was Ben Johnson (Canada), however Johnson tested positive for a banned substance two days later, and Carl Lewis was then promoted to first place, making him the first male to successfully defend their title. Johnson's World Record times set between 1981 and 1988 were also rescinded, making Lewis' time of 9.92 seconds the new World Record.

**Florence Griffith Joyner's time was judged as "wind assisted", therefore the official World Record for the women's 100m sprint is Joyner's fastest wind-legal time of 10.61 seconds. (Joyner's fastest ever time was 10.49 seconds, set at the US Olympic Trials in 1988, but this was also "strongly wind assisted").

***The original winner in the women's 100m was Marion Jones (US), however she later admitted to using performance enhancing drugs and was stripped of her medal. As the runner-up, Ekaterini Thanou (Greece) had also been involved in a doping scandal prior to the 2004 Olympics, she was not promoted to first place; instead, the third and fourth placed runners were promoted to joint-second and third respectively.

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