Justin Gatlin is one of the fastest men in history.

The 2004 Olympic champion in the 100 meters was one of the few sprinters to beat Usain Bolt in his prime, winning his second World Championships gold in the blue ribbon distance in 2017.

Gatlin had already conquered the world in the 100 and 200 meters in Helsinki in 2005, while adding 4×100 meters relay gold to his collection with Team USA in 2019.

Gatlin: one of the fastest men in history

However, it was at a Diamond League meeting in 2015 that Gatlin set his best 100m time, crossing the line in 9.74 seconds to become the fifth fastest human in history.

Naturally, Bolt is still miles ahead with his mind-blowing world record of 9.58, but Gatlin’s electrifying time saw him blow the necks of some of the fastest men to ever wear spikes.

Tyson Gay and Yohan Blake both post personal bests of 9.69 and former world record holder Asafa Powell peaked with a time of 9.72 as the only sprinters to set faster times than Gatlin .

Or, at least, that’s the case when we’re talking about legal time, because technically Gatlin ran 100 yards in less time than it took Bolt when he recorded 9.58 in Berlin in 2009.

And no, we’re not talking about anything untoward, but more of an experimental run for Japanese TV where Gatlin got some extra help from huge wind turbines.

Athletics – World Athletics Championships – Doha 2019 – Men’s 100 Meters Final – Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar – September 28, 2019 Justin Gatlin of the U.S. celebrates winning silver REUTERS/Aleksandra Szmigiel

Unofficial Gatlin World Record

According to the Independent, Gatlin’s bizarre 100-meter run was a stunt performed for a game show called “Kasupe!” early 2016 with a series of wind assists aimed at propelling him towards an unofficial world record.

A massive turbine helped the American sprinter zoom out of the blocks at superhuman speeds, before a series of fans further down the track helped him stay on course towards the finish line.

The result? An incredible time of 9.45 seconds which might just be the fastest 100m sprint in history in all conditions, so be sure to check out the amazing course below:

That’s it, ladies and gentlemen, it’s quick.

A crazy experience

So for the record, the wind reading has to be less than two meters per second for a time to be eligible for a world record, otherwise a gust can have as much to do with the odd hundredth of a second as it does with the skill.

As such, there was never any threat that Gatlin’s time would be treated legitimately in the athletics community and there’s no question the man himself was only doing it for fun. anyway.

Nevertheless, it is no less fun and fascinating to see the thought experiment of an elite sprinter running 100 meters with huge wind aid play out in real life.

Olympics – Tokyo 2020 Olympics Test Event – ​​Athletics – Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan – May 9, 2021 Justin Gatlin of the U.S. wins the men’s 100m final REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Gatlin has now retired from professional sprinting and remains a controversial figure in the sport after being banned from athletics in 2001 and 2006 for doping-related offences.

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