Olympic athletes continually strive to run faster, jump higher and be stronger. The men's 100m event in athletics is no exception. The event has been part of the Olympic programme since the first modern Olympiad was held in 1896. Without a doubt, athletes are driven to win gold, but in this event, they also want to break records. Read about the athletes who did just that!
Thomas Burke (USA, 2nd from left) ran a preliminary heat in 11.8 s, setting the 1st 100m Olympic record at Athens 1896. He went on to win the event.
At Paris 1900, Frank Jarvis (USA) won gold with a time of 11.0 seconds. However, he was 0.2 seconds faster in heat 3, setting a new Olympic record.
It only took 1 day for, Eddie Tolan (middle) to break his own record with a time of 10.3 s (WR). Ralph Metcalfe (USA, left) had a time of 10.3 too!
At Rome 1960, Armin Hary (EUA) was the first non-American to set an Olympic record in the 100m event with a time of 10.2 s during the quarterfinal.
In this pic, Bob Hayes (USA) crosses the finish line 2 metres ahead of his nearest competitor with a time of 10.0 s, setting a new Olympic record.
At Seoul 1988, 20 years after Hines' achievement, Carl Lewis (USA) won gold in the event with a time of 9.92 s, setting a new world record.
Many Olympic athletes have pregame rituals, victory celebrations, mannerisms or moves that set them apart from the rest. Here are 13 signature moves that Olympians are known for.
@Mo Farah (GBR, athletics) is famous for the "Mobot" after winning gold in men's 5000m and 10000m at London 2012.
Nicknamed "the Lightning Bolt," Usain Bolt's (JAM, athletics) signature move is reminiscent of... well... a lightning bolt! @Usain Bolt
@Nadia Comaneci (ROU, artistic gymnastics) didn't have a single signature move, but several that gave her the first perfect 10 in women's gymnastics.
@Rafael Nadal (ESP, tennis) is a true competitor, always hungry to compete, symbolised by his signature move of biting medals (and trophies).
@Michael Phelps (USA, Swimming) would usually swing his arms three times when he got up on the starting blocks before a race.
Olga Korbut (URS) forever changed artistic gymnastics by doing the "Korbut Flip" on the uneven bars – a backwards somersault.
@Dick Fosbury (USA, athletics) invented "the flop," revolutionising the high jump by leaping face-up. Previously, athletes jumped face-down.
Emil Zátopek (TCH, athletics) pictured here on the left was known as "the Locomotive" because he would pant and wheeze during his races.
@LeBron James (USA, Basketball) has a pregame ritual of throwing talcum powder above his head.
Michael Jordan (USA, Basketball) was known for his "tongue wag." Jordan said it was inspired by his father who would stick out his tongue while working.
They say that love is blind. For Olympic athletes, finding true love may be closer than you might think. Here are 16 couples who found each other either through their sport or at the Olympics.
Game, set, it's a match! Miroslava Vavrinec and @Roger Federer (SUI, Tennis) met at Sydney 2000. They got married in 2009, and have two sets of twins.
@Kristi Yamaguchi (USA, Figure skating) & Bret Hedican (USA, Ice Hockey) met at 1992 Albertville, began dating in 1995 and are now married with two kids.
Zhimin Jiao (CHN) & Jae-Hyung Ahn (KOR) fell in love the early 80s at a table tennis tournament, and married soon after the Olympic Games in Seoul.
Emil Zátopek proposed to Dana Zátopková (TCH, Athletics) at London 1948. At the next Summer Games, both won gold medals on the same day.
@Jared Tallent and Claire Tallent (AUS, Athletics) are probably the fastest race-walking couple in the world. Both competed at London 2012.
Lauryn Mark married Russell Mark (AUS, Shooting) shortly after the 2000 Sydney Games. Russell and Lauryn competed alongside each other at London 2012.
If you are planning to go to the Rio 2016 Olympic Summer Games and you want to explore more of the country these 11 places will leave you breathless.
Fernando de Noronha is an extremely beautiful tropical island in the north-east of the country. It is also an important ecologic sanctuary.
Ever wonder how different events at the Winter Olympics compare in terms of speed? Better yet, ever wonder about the average speeds of those events? Here, we did the work for you and found the average speed of Sochi 2014 medal winners for 9 events (slalom, giant slalom, super-g, downhill skiing, bobsleigh, skeleton, luge, speed skating and short track speed skating). Enjoy!
Source: olympic.org, NOCs, IFs
Like going 94 km/hr headfirst down an icy track? That's
how fast on average skeleton medalists traveled down the Sanki Sliding
Centre! @Sarah Reid
Here's a nifty graphic to sum things up! Average speed of Sochi 2014 medal winners for 9 events