Who’s the World’s Fastest Woman?

Usain Bolt tends to take the spotlight as the fastest man in the world, but who is the world’s the fastest woman? Female runners have made impressive track records in history and we would like to acknowledge their achievements at Inspired Endurance.


Florence Griffith-Joyner

The sprinting record for women has been standing since 1988. US athlete Florence Griffith-Joyner, known as “Flo-Jo” to many, still holds the fastest 100-meter dash record of all time, at 10.49 seconds. She created a new world record in the first race of the quarterfinals of the US Olympic Trials at the age of 28. Although some people have disputed that the performance was strongly wind assisted, it was still recognized as a world record.


Carmelita Jeter

Many other female sprinters have come close to breaking Flo-Jo’s record in recent years. Carmelita Jeter, nicknamed “the Jet”, had a record of 10.64 for her 100-meter dash victory in the Shanghai Golden Grand Prix in 2009. Being 30 years old at the time, Jeter’s record-breaking speed raised suspicions about performance-enhancing drug use.

To those speculations, Jeter responded with humor, “I look at it like this, I surround myself with people that care about me. They know I’m going to practice every day, that I’m in the weight room every day, that I’m working my butt off… I can’t be upset about those questions.”


How Accurate is Our World Record?

Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson have also stunned the world at the Olympics with their speed. However, the media often goes by different standards of determining the world’s fastest woman. Do we honor the record from 30 years ago or do we give more credit to the runners today? Some authorities even suggested erasing all the world records before 2005 due to suspicions of doping and outdated measuring methods.

One thing that’s undeniable, though, is that all of these women have trained very hard for their competitions and their goals. No matter who holds the world’s fastest record, we think each woman runner deserves recognition for her effort and commitment.

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