Lists of The Fastest White Men in History, Non-African Descent

>> July 21, 2011

Hard work, motivation, dedication, discipline, best nutrition, perfect regeneration, and great coaching are among the keys for success in sports but when it comes to sprinting (100 metres) you may need a 'special gene' as this will be one of the key determinants of success. Black or African descent (more correctly west African) sprinters may hold a superior advantage in sprints as they tend to have more or larger proportional of fast twitch fibers within their muscles. Scientific studies have shown that fast twitch fibers contracts two to three times faster than slow twitch fibers. Good genes coupled with aforementioned keys will give an added advantage over the others.

On statistics, about 80 sprinters from the African descent (black sprinters) have legally and officially broken the 10s barrier. What about sprinters from other descents? given an equal of all those keys, at the end of a spectrum, the genetics perhaps the ultimate factor that explain the success? too much long-winding only gives you no better input here, so here is a lists of the top, the best, and the fastest sprinters from the non-African descent:

Lists of sprinters from non-African descent or white men 

1, Patrick Johnson (AUS) ........ 9.93s +1.8 May 05, 2003 (Irish + Indigenous Australian);
Widely regarded the fastest man from non-African descent. He clocked an impressive time of 9.93s at age of 31 at Mito, Japan in 2003. This feat made him the 17th fastest man in history at the time and 38th man to crack the 10s barrier. He has also run a wind aided 9.88w +3.6 on February 08, 2003 in Perth. His father is a white man of Ireland while his mother is (however) a black non-African of Australia (aborigine).


2, Christophe Lemaitre (FRA) ...................... 9.98s +1.3 July 09, 2010 (Caucasian);
Lemaitre is another one who is widely accepted (maybe finally the one?) the first white man to legally break the 10s barrier. He firstly clocked sub 10s (9.98s) in the French nationals in 2010 at age of 20. Since then, he showed consistency with running at sub 10s. He ran 9.95s (twice) this year which is his best time to date.




3, Marion Woronin (POL) ................10.00s +2.0 June 09, 1984 (Caucasian);
He ran 9.992s and it would be the first time ever a whiteman broken the 10s barrier. At 1/1000ths as used in the formula-one race, he would have been the first to break the 10s barrier. But in track and field, the FAT must be rounded up to the nearest 1/100ths and NOT 1/1000ths. Thus 9.992s = 10.00s.



3, Koji Ito (JPN) ..............................10.00s +1.9 December 13, 1998 (Japanese);
He set 10-flat during the 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok where he won 3 gold medals (100m, 200m 20.16s, 4x100m). The time might be faster if he didn't "shut down" at 95 m mark in his SF race in order to (perhaps) "save" his energy for the finals.




5, Pietro Mannea (ITA) ....................10.01A +0.9 September 04, 1979 (Italian);
He has recorded a lifetime best of 10.01A during  the World university games at Ciudad de Mexico in 1979. He later set a 200m World record with a time of 19.72A and only being beaten in 1996. He became the Olympic champion at 200m in 1980 Olympics.




6, Nobuharu Asahara (JPN) ............ 10.02s +2.0 July 13, 2001 (Japanese);
One of the best Asian sprinters who had switched to 100m from long jump. He clocked 10.02s in Oslo (NOR) in 2001 after being 'helped' by a maximum allowable tailwinds +2.0. Have competed in several World championships and Olympic games.  He set three Japanese records in 100m, 10.19s/1993, 10.14s/1996 and 10.08s/1997.



7, Matthew Shivington (AUS) .......... 10.03s -0.1 Sept 17, 1998 (Australian);
At age of 19 (turning 20), he entered the finals of the 1998 Commonwealth games in Kuala Lumpur (sea level) and set a NR 10.03s despite of running into a slight headwind -0.1. Given a moderate wind of 1.0m/s he would have run 9.98s, or 9.93s for a 2.0m/s wind.




7, Shingo Suetsugo (JPN) .................10.03s +1.8 May 05, 2003 (Japanese);
Japanese sprinter who have won 200m bronze medal (20.37s) at the 2003 World championships. He ran 10.03s in an international race at Mito in 2003 where he was beaten (at 70m mark) by Patrick Johnson who ran 9.93s (fastest non-African descent).




7, Nicholas Macrozonaris (CAN) .....10.03A 0.0 May 03, 2003 (Caucasian);
He ran 10.03s without assistance of wind but it was at Ciudad de Mexico (2003) which is located at about 2,240m above the sea level. The high altitude ambient gives him a huge advantage from "lower air resistant".





10, Frank Emmelmann (GER) ................ 10.06s +1.9 September 22, 1985 (German);
He won the German Nationals eight times (100m, 200m). Emmelmann set 10.06s at Berlin in 1986.

10, Johan Rossouw (RSA) ...................... 10.06A +2.0 April 23 1988 (South African - white);
Rossow set 10.06s at altitude in Johannesburg and aided by the most favorable tailwinds +2.0.

10, Simone Collio (ITA) ....................... 10.06s +1.2 July 21, 2009 (Italian);
He clocked 10.06s at Rieti in 2009. Second fastest in Italian all-time rankings, after Pietro Mannea 10.01A.

13, Valeriy Borzov (URS) ..................... 10.07s 0.0 August 31, 1972 (Ukrainian);
He ran 10.07s during the quarterfinals of the 1972 Olympics in Munich., where he later becoming the Olympic champion at 100m and 200m.

13, Masashi Eruguchi (JPN) .................. 10.07s +1.9 June 28, 2009 (Japanese);
He set 10.07s in Hiroshima in 2009 at age of 21. He is most likely to explode during the 2012 season or Olympics in London.

15, Vitaliy Savin (KAZ) ......................... 10.08s +1.3 August 13, 1992 (Kazakhstani);
He was born in Kazakhstan, competed and won the gold medal at the Olympics (4x100m - 1988) for Soviet Union. His lifetime best of 100m is 10.08s set in Linz in 1992.

15, Geir Moen (NOR) ............................ 10.08s +0.6 August 16, 1996 (Norwegian);
He is a 200m finalist of 1995 World indoor & outdoor championships. His lifetime best of 100m is 10.08s set in Kristiansand in 1996.

15, Roland Nemeth (HUN) .................... 10.08s +1.0 June 09, 1999 (Hungarian);
He eclipsed the 100m NR of Hungarian sprint legend, Attila Kovacs by one hundred of a second at Budapest in 1999.

15, Joshua Ross (AUS) ............ 10.08s +1.9 March 10, 2007 (Indigenous Australian);
He is a five-time Australian champion of 100m. Has recorded 10.08s at Brisbane in 2007 - the 3rd fastest in Australia.

19, Attila Kovacs (HUN) ....................... 10.09s +0.3 August 20, 1987 (Hungarian);
15 times Hungarian champion of 100m and 200m and one of the best sprinters in the World back in 1980's. He set 10.09s during the Hungarian nationals at Miskolc in 1987. He was 4th (100m) in the 1987 World championships - the most successful achievement by a white sprinter in the history of World championships.

19, Sergiy Osovych (UKR) .................... 10.09s +1.2 June 07, 1996 (Austrian);
He was born in Austria but competed for Ukraine after granted the Ukranian citizenship. He ran 10.09s Kyiv, Ukraine in 1996. He became the European Indoor champion at 200m in 1998.

19, Troy Douglas (NET) ........................ 10.09s August 04, 2001 (Dutch);
He set 10.02s at age of 39 in 2001. Without any doubt, Troy Douglas is the fastest whiteman above 30.

19, Christie Van Wyk (NAM) ................ 10.09s +2.0 May 20, 2004 (Namibian);
He is the non-arguable fastest white man of Namibia with a personal best time of 10.09s set in Abilene, USA. Since I could NOT include Frank Fredericks on this lists. His non-legal best is 10.06s +2.8.

19, Naoki Tsukahara (JPN) .................... 10.09s +1.8 June 27, 2009 (Japanese);
In 2009, he became the 5th Japanese to run below 10.10s with a 10.09s performance in Hiroshima.

Lists of sprinters from "unconfirmed descent"

Carlo Boccarini (ITA) ............................. 10.08s +0.7 May 09, 1998 (Rieti, ITA)
Aziz Ouhadi (MOR) ................................ 10.09s +0.8 May 28, 2011 (Dakar, MOR)

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