12 October, 2018

The Fastest Men in Diamond League History

  • © Giancarlo Colombo

  • © Jiro Mochizuki

  • © Jiro Mochizuki

From Usain Bolt to Ronnie Baker via Asafa Powell and Christian Coleman, we have collated the fastest 100m runners ever to compete in the IAAF Diamond League over the years. So sit back, relax and enjoy some raw, track-burning speed.

The fastest man on the planet naturally features more than once in our compilation. A blistering 9.76 in Rome in 2012 was Bolt's finest performance in the Diamond League, but his 9.79 in Oslo in the same year was also worth watching again, if only for the moment when he crashes into the flower girl after crossing the finish line. 

Christian Coleman matched that 9.79 in Rome earlier this year, in a performance which announced his arrival on the Diamodn League stage. Despite injury issues, the American would go on to bag a Diamond Trophy later in the summer. 

One of the most jaw-dropping performances in recent years was Andre De Grasse's storming win in Stockholm in 2017, the Canadian clocking a marvellous, albeit wind-assisted 9.69. 

Yohan Blake, on the other hand, managed the same time without a tailwind in Lausanne back in 2012. His 9.69 technically came in a non-Diamond League event, but remains an unbeaten Diamond League Record until this day.