Australia’s Daily Telegraph | Florence Griffith-Joyner, Marion Jones, Merlene Ottey, Carmelita Jeter: 10 Fastest Women In History

THE women’s world 100m record has stood for an incredible 28 years.  And, to be honest, the pretenders have hardly made an indent.  As the cream of the current sprint generation line up for their shot an Olympic gold in Rio this week, Florence Griffith-Joyner’s table-setting mark of 10.49 seconds still looks a long way off.

Here are the top 10 fastest times in history.

1 — Florence Griffith Joyner — 10.49 — US Olympic Trials quarter-final 1988

Flo-Jo stunned the athletics world by improving by .5 of a second from one run to the next in setting a new world record that no-one has come close to toppling 28 years on. The time made her an overwhelming favourite for Seoul Olympics gold and she duely delivered in the second fastest time ever (10.54). Flo-Jo — famed for her long fingernails, promptly retired and was dogged by allegations of drug use right up until her untimely death in 1998.

2 — Carmelita Jeter — 10.64 — Shanghai Grand Prix 2009

The American star found her best form at age 30 in 2009, first running 10.67 in Greece and then backing it up shortly afterwards with her incredible run in the Shanghai Grand Prix event. She also won the world title in 2011 in 10.90 and was the silver medallist in London behind Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in 10.75.

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