Who is the Fastest Man on Earth in 2021?

Published 10/05/2021, 2:58 PM EDT
Jun 20, 2021; Eugene, OR, USA; Trayvon Bromell (center) defeats Micah Williams (left) and Fred Kerley to win the 100m in 9.80 during the US Olympic Team Trials at Hayward Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


In men’s sprinting, Usain Bolt is the king, as he holds the world’s fastest time. However, having retired from the track and field in 2017, he is not the world’s fastest man in 2021. American sprinting star Trayvon Bromell has emerged as the new contender for that title.

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Notably, Bromell established the world’s fastest time twice in 2021, breaking his own record. Trayvon clocked the world’s fastest time in 100m during the Kip Keino Classic at 9.76 seconds.

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Trayvon Bromell, world’s fastest man in 2021

Bromell started his sprinting career in 2013 during high school. However, he made headlines when he clinched the USA Olympic trials for the Tokyo Olympics 2020. Notably, it was then when he clocked the world’s fastest time in 2021. Bromell had defeated the now Olympic champion Fred Kerly, by recording the terrific time of 9.77 seconds.

Hence, expectations were high from Bromell at the Tokyo Olympics 2021. However, things went down south, as he could not even reach the 100m finals at the mega games. Notably, Trayvon came home empty-handed but did not lose hope.

Track & Field: 2016 Summer Olympics: USA Trayvon Bromell in action during Men’s 100M Round 1 at the Olympic Stadium.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 8/13/2016
CREDIT: Simon Bruty (Photo by Simon Bruty /Sports Illustrated via Getty Images)
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Similar to Tokyo, things still did not go as planned for Bromell, as he couldn’t clinch the race at the 2021 Diamond League meet. Albeit, he kept going, and no one could defeat his 2021 world record until he himself broke it.

At his last race of the 2021 season, the Kip Keino Classic, Trayvon finally tasted success. Remarkably, he broke his own 2021 world record of 9.77 seconds by clocking a time of 9.76 seconds. He also defeated American sprinting legend, and Usain Bolt’s greatest rival, Justin Gatlin, to clinch the race.

USA’s Trayvon Bromell competes in the Men’s 100m Round 1 during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 13, 2016. / AFP / OLIVIER MORIN (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP via Getty Images)

Bromell is the sixth fastest man in the world

The Olympic sprinting legend Usain Bolt has dominated the world record in 100m and 200m races for decades now. Bolt’s 100m record stands at 9.58 seconds, and no one is even close to reaching it. Notably, American sprinter Trayvon Bromell is in the sixth position with 9.76 seconds. Interestingly, he shares the spot with fellow American, Christian Coleman.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Athletics – Men’s 100m – Semifinal – OLS – Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan – August 1, 2021. Oblique Seville of Jamaica, Trayvon Bromell of the United States in action REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Between Bolt and Bromell are other significant names in the sport. On the second position are USA’s Tyson Gay and Jamaica’s Yohan Blake with 9.69 seconds. Following them in the fourth position is once again Jamaica’s Asafa Powell with 9.72 seconds, and in fifth is the USA’s Justin Gatlin with 9.74 seconds.

Trayvon Bromell’s amazing grit and determination are noteworthy. After finishing 2021 on a high note, do you think Bromell will surpass his own records in 2022?

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Shreya Verma

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Shreya Verma is a sports writer at EssentiallySports. A post graduation student in political science, Shreya is also a professional 10m air pistol shooter. As her father was an athlete, she was naturally inclined towards the athletic life.

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