Two decades of the World's Fastest Men

Their races and their stories: the world-record holders in the men's 100-meter dash

Updated: August 14, 2009, 1:22 PM ET
By Mike Fish | ESPN.com

ESPN.com has traced the arc of the world records in the 100 meters over the past two decades and the sprinters who set them: the world's fastest men. Most still enjoy vivid memories of the day they touched greatness. Some have taken the title and etched a comfortable life for themselves. Others have been less fortunate. Sadly, a few have been unceremoniously stripped of the title, their names erased from the record books. Here are their stories. 9.79 seconds: BEN JOHNSON, Sept. 24, 1988


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