To break 10 seconds FAT for the 100m is an incredible feat. Sub 20 for 200m is also incredible, as well as sub 44 for 400m. Those are the holy grail barriers for the Elite men’s sprints.
We’ve seen some impressive doubles, such as the 100-200 or the 200-400 double.
But how about the trifecta? All three 100-200-400 in sub-human times?
Wayde Van Niekerk ran 100m in 9.98 (+1.3) in Bloemfontein on Saturday to add to his 19.94 personal best over 200m and 400m world title-winning 43.48. (NOTE: It was at 1,300m altitude, which is over the 1000m limit, but still counted with an asterisk *)
This makes him the first sprinter to break 10, 20, and 44 seconds.
Below is the top 21 performances based on the IAAF scoring tables. A list of all IAAF technical manuals can be found here)
Note that Steve Williams 200 and 400m times are converted hand times (i.e. 0.14 added to the 400, 0.24 to the 100 and 200. Plenty of articles in my archives explaining why this is used :)
And where is Carl Lewis? His best 400m was “only” 47.01.