Ten Years Ago Today: Maurice Greene Won Gold Medal at 2000 Sydney Olympics

>> September 23, 2010

It was ten years ago today Maurice Greene captured gold medal in the men's 100m final at 2000 Olympic Games at Sydney, Australia.

Greene who came to the Olympics as the world fastest man with 9.79 set a year before, crossed the line in 9.87 -0.3 ahead of training partner Ato Boldon 9.99 and Barbados' Obadeli Thompson 10.04.

A few days later he, along with teammates John Drummond, Bernard Williams, and Brian Lewis, won the 4x100 meter relay in 37.65.

Greene's 100m time still ranks among the top-10 on the all-time list. Usain Bolt holds the current WR in 9.58, second fastest is Tyson Gay in 9.69, followed by Asafa Powell (9.72) and Nesta Carter (9.78).

As of today, he is the only sprinter to hold the Indoor 60m (6.39) and 100m (9.79) WR at the same time. His 60m WR which set twice still stand.

Greene, who dominated the sprint century for at least six years during his prime time has 53 times sub 10s in the 100m which at the time was more than any other sprinter in history.

On February 2008, he announced his retirement from athletics following a spat of injuries which have derailed him since 2006.

AdrianSprints.com rated Maurice Greene one of the greatest sprinters of all time, no doubt along with Jesse Owens, Bob Hayes, Tommie Smith, Carl Lewis and Usain Bolt.


Maurice Greene R1, QF, SF and Final (Video)




Men's 100m Final Results (-0.3)

1 Maurice Greene (USA) 9.87
2 Ato Boldon (TRI) 9.99
3 Obadeli Thompson (BAR) 10.04
4 Dwain Chambers (GBR) 10.08
5 Jon Drummond (USA) 10.09
6 Darren Campbell (GBR) 10.13
7 Kim Collins (SKN) 10.17
DNF: Aziz Zakari (GHA)

Men's 100m SF 2
1, Maurice Greene (USA) 10.06s. 2, Jon Drummond (USA) 10.10s. 3, Ato Boldon (TRI) 10.13s. 4, Aziz Zakari (GHA) 10.16s. 5, Matt Shirvington (AUS) 10.2s6. 6, Aliu Deji (NGR) 10.32s. 7, Sunday Emmanuel (NGR) 10.45s. 8, Bruny Surin (CAN) 50.94s.

Men's 100m SF 1
1 Dwain Chambers (GBR) 10.14s. 2, Obadeli Thompson (BAR) 10.15s. 3, D Campbell (GBR) 10.19s. 4, Kim Collins (SKN) 10.20s. 5, L Myles-Mills (GHA) 10.25s. 6, Curtis Johnson (USA) 10.27. 7, Koji Ito (JAP) 10.39s. 8, Lindel Frater (JAM) 10.46s.

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