bolt 2013

Statisticians A Lennart Julin and Mirko Jalava look back on the best sprint performances of the year, with Julin covering the men’s events and Jalava the women’s.

Men’s 100m

Perhaps the most conspicuous recent trend in our sport concerns the 100m where – spearheaded by Jamaica and USA – the yearly number of runners goinjg under 10 seconds has doubled in the last eight years.

In 2013, Usain Bolt stayed at the forefront although he didn’t find the kind of overwhelming form he showed in 2008 and 2009, but, with the assumed heir apparent Yohan Blake out with injury and with Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell suspended early in the season, the only serious opponent to Bolt’s supremacy was Justin Gatlin.

Gatlin even managed to inflict an early defeat at the IAAF Diamond League in Rome but, during the main part of the season, Bolt was once more unstoppable although his winning margins were generally less than 0.1. Read more