World Athletics Day 2021: A look at the fastest female athletes in the history of track and field

May 6, 2021

By: Vaamanaa Sethi

Florence Griffith-Joyner

Late American athlete is the fastest woman of all time, with her track record of 10.49 seconds in the 100 metre dash. She has won several medals including three gold medals in the 1988 Olympics and a silver medal in the 200 metre category in the 1984 Olympics.

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Carmelita Jeter

Former American sprinter with a track record of 10.64 seconds in 100 metres, she was the gold medalist in 2011 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championship in 100 metres and is a three time Olympic medalist.

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Marion Jones

Former Belizean-American athlete who was also a professional basketball player had her personal best of 10.65 seconds in the 100 metre event. She was the IAAF World Champion for three consecutive years from 1997-1999 in 100 metres.

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Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce

With her track record of 10.70 seconds in 100 metres, she is one of the most successful Jamaican sprinters. She was a two time gold medalist in the Olympics in 2008 and 2012.

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Elaine Thompson

Thompson is tied with Pryce as the fourth fastest athlete in history, with her record of 10.70 seconds in 100 metres. She won two gold medals and one silver medal in the Olympics in 2016.

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Sha’Carri Richardson

This American sprinter holds her personal best record of 10.72 seconds in 100 metres. The 21-year old athlete won the 100 metre title at AAU Junior Olympics in 2016 and has won a gold medal in 4x100m relay in 2017 Pan American U20 Athletics Championship.

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Christine Arron

She is the world’s sixth fastest sprinter with a track record of 10.73 seconds which is still the European record. She was the 2003 World Championship gold medalist and had gotten a bronze in the 2004 Olympics in the 100 metre events.

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Merlene Ottey

Ottey had one of the longest careers in athletics. She holds the record for most Olympic appearances. With her track record of 10.74 seconds in 100 metres, she had won 14 World Championship medals, three silver medals, and six bronze medals in the Olympics.

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English Gardner

Her personal best is 10.74 seconds in 100 metres. She has won a gold in 4x100m relay in Rio Olympics in 2016 and a silver medal in World Championships in 4x100m relay in 2013 and 2015.

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Kerron Stewart

Stewart holds her personal best record of 10.75 seconds. She was a silver medalist in 100 metres and 4x100m race in 2008 and 2012 Olympics respectively. Also, Stewart is a three time-gold medalist in the 4x100m relay in the 2009, 2013 and 2015 World Championships.

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