Visualising all Olympic 100-meter dash winners since 1896

Great visualisation by The New York Times:

How does Bolt compare to the full Olympic field in the 100-meter dash – not just this year, but against every Olympic medalist since 1896? To answer that question, we created a massive (and imaginary) track with 88 lanes – one for every medal awarded in the 100-meter dash in the modern Olympics.


Yes, that’s Bolt there in the down right corner. What I find peculiar is that the finish times seem to improve in jumps (and now seem to have stabilized). For example: what happened in 1932 that resulted in a huge improvement? Also take a look at 1984 and you’ll see Carl Lewis – of whom its known that he has taken illegal substances – finish way before all other contestants.

More visualisations in the article itself.

Usain Bolt and the Fastest Men in the World Since 1896 – on the Same Track →

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