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Countries with the Fastest 100 Meter Sprinters

Name the countries with the most sprinters who have run 100 meters in less than 10 seconds.
Through August 15, 2016
Last updated: August 17, 2016
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Country
49
9.69
United States
16
9.58
Jamaica
8
9.85
Nigeria
7
9.87
United Kingdom
6
9.82
Trinidad and Tobago
4
9.89
South Africa
4
9.84
Canada
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level 71
Jul 26, 2016
Here's the quiz to name the eight sub-10-second world record holders.
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level 68
Jul 31, 2016
As somebody who knows very little about athletics/the olympics and cares little about them, I have to admit, I'm surprised that Kenya isn't there. I always thought they dominated running, or maybe it's just long distance running?
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level 76
Jul 31, 2016
i thought so too
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level 72
Aug 17, 2016
Indeed, Kenyan runners shine in long distances, almost as Jamaicans do in sprint.
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level 55
Jan 17, 2017
Kenya has long distance runners
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level 67
Aug 17, 2016
Different sort of build usually, 'Fast Twitch' muscles are big and bulbous and tend to fatigue faster and are built for sprinting, whereas 'Slow Twitch' muscles are longer and slender and enable long-endurance distance running. That is why the great Kenyan long-distance runners are slight of build and carry no excess weight in big bulbous muscles. Usain Bolt is a one-off individual in that he is tall and angular compared to e.g. Gay, Powell, Blake etc. who are very muscular. That is also why Usain takes a little while to get going in the 100m compared to Gatlin for instance but why he is also so fast in the 200m and will probably be so in 400m etc. if and when he decides to take on those distances.
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level 75
Aug 17, 2016
No Kenya or Ethiopia? I guess they are more distance runners, not sprinters?
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level 40
Aug 19, 2016
Definitely. Sprinting seems to have a high concentration of people from the Caribbean, as distance running tends to pull in more Africans.
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level 38
Aug 17, 2016
What about Namibia? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frankie_Fredericks
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level 46
Aug 17, 2016
What about them? Is Frankie Fredericks four people?
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level 75
Aug 17, 2016
He's as fast as ten fast men!
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level 75
Aug 17, 2016
Frankie ran under 10 seconds 27 times. The 4 sub-10-second runners from Namibia's much larger neighbor South Africa ran under 10 seconds a total of 7 times combined. Can Namibia help it if it concentrated all its talent into one man? Besides, how many of these other runners have raced a cheetah? https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/564x/9d/3d/92/9d3d926b144cc36024ce418a85e1df4d.jpg
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level 49
Aug 17, 2016
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level 51
Aug 17, 2016
Christie was from Great Britain.
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level 22
Nov 10, 2016
USAIN BOLT is my all time favourite. I also loves to play quizzes based on him.
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level 34
Jan 3, 2018
7/7 Big up T&T!
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level 35
Jan 4, 2018
LOL I THOUGHT THIS WAS SWIMMING!!
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level 53
May 10, 2018
Would have thought the Bull Running would have given Spain an edge... ;)
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level 68
Jul 1, 2018
Detroit after dark gave the US top honors.
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level 74
Aug 22, 2018
These figures naturally need updating each year, which as of Aug 2018 are USA on 55, Jamaica 20, UK 10, Nigeria 8 still (which includes a Portuguese/Nigerian runner), Trinidad 6, South Africa 5 and Canada 4. Honourable mention should go to France with 3 and China, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Qatar, St Kitts, Turkey and Zimbabwe all with 2, and Antigua, Australia, Bahamas, Cuba, Italy, Japan, Namibia, Netherland (Antilles), Norway and Oman all with 1 runner. Also it seems common that runners are born in Jamaica and compete for another team (including Linford Christie (UK), and Kemar Hyman who ran for a Cayman Islands team). If you take population size into account, it suggests Jamaica has more sprinters per person than anywhere else - 1 per 145,000 people. However from the full list, Saint Kitts has had 2 sub-10 runners, Antigua & Barbuda had 1 sub-10 runner which gives them 1 top sprinter per 28,000 and 103,000 people respectively. So perhaps those two are the best places to find sprinters.