A Look at the 100m Sprint - The Most Anticipated Event of the Olympics?

By Halal Trip | 02, Aug, 2016
A Look at the 100m Sprint - The Most Anticipated Event of the Olympics?

The 100m sprint is one of the most exciting sporting events that has been a part of the Olympics since 1896. The women’s 100m sprint was introduced in 1928. This is a popular event that will be one of the major highlights of the Rio De Janeiro Olympics 2016.

Some well-known 100m Olympic Champions include Jamaican runners Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Prycewho have both achieved gold medals at the London Olympics in 2012. Usain Bolt impressively broke the men’s record at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and his own record at the 2012 London Olympics. Late American athlete Florence Griffith-Joyner’s record at the 1988 Seoul Olympics still remains unbroken and is current record time for women.

The winner of the race will have the honor of being the ‘fastest runner alive.' 100m Olympic Champions from Jamaica and the United States have held the top positions from the 2012 London Olympics. The United States has won 38 medals which includes 16 gold medals making this the highest number of medals that has been won at the Olympics 100m sprint. Great Britain comes in second with a total of 8 medals inclusive of 3 gold medals. Jamaica holds the third place with 7 medals including 2 gold medals.

The Summer Olympics - The 100m Best Times 

The Olympic 100 meter dash record for men is currently held by Jamaican athlete Usain Bolt who finished at 9.58 seconds. The women’s Olympic 100 meter dash record was set by Florence Griffith-Joyner at 10.54 seconds in the quarter finals.

In 2004, American runner Justin Gaitlin came in first at 9.85 seconds and Yuliya Nestsiarenka from Belarus came in first for the women’s 100m at 10.93.

At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Jamaica did amazingly well at the 100m Olympics women's final. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce came in first with both her team mates Sherone Simpson and Kerron Stewart in second place. In 2012 Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce came in first as well at 10.75 seconds.

The men’s Olympics 100 meter final and fastest timings have been set by Jamaican runners Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake holding the top eight positions. In the women’s Olympics 100 meter final timings, Shelly-Ann Pryce-Fraser also holds the top positions.

Prayer facilities at Rio Olympics 2016

A Multi-faith centre is located in the athletes’ village with separate prayer rooms for men and women Muslim travelers. The Mosques in Rio Janeiro include the Sociedade Beneficente Muçulmana and The Mesquita da Luz.

Halal food at Rio Olympics 2016

Brazil is top exporter of Halal meat, but Muslim travelers should confirm their queries with restaurant staff to make sure the food the Halal and contains no pork or alcohol. Muslims traveling to the Rio Olympics can go for vegetarian or seafood items on the menu instead of meat just to be careful. It is hard to find Halal restaurants in Rio, however, Muslim travelers can get more information from the Sociedade Beneficente Muçulmana which is also a community centre.


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