Fastest Runners in the World

What could the fastest speed be achieved by a man? Looking back through history, we have witnessed people who managed to reach an unimaginable speed as professional runners. Some have made history with fame, while some have faded into anonymity.

Fact: There are 621.16 million runners in our world. Therefore, we can easily assume that our world is full of fast runners. Yet, among the world’s fastest runners in 2023, only a few are as speedy as the runners listed in this article.

After all, in this article, we have listed the top ten fastest runners in the world with a speed that exceeds any normal people. So keep reading to increase your knowledge about runners in 2023.

Here’s an overview of the fastest runners in the world in 2023:

Fastest Runners By Rank Top Speed
Usain Bolt 27.8 mph
Tyson Gay 27.8 mph
Erriyon Knighton 23-25 mph
Asafa Powell 27.5  mph
Yohan Blake 27 mph
Maurice Greene 26 mph
Nesta Carter 27 mph
Elaine Thompson-Herah 24.5 mph
Richard Thompson 27 mph
Steve Mullings 26 mph

1. Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt

Full Name Usain St. Leo Bolt
Born 21 Aug 1986 (Sherwood Content, Jamaica)
Age 37 Years.
Height / Weight 6 ft 5 in.
Sports Track and field
Top Speed 27.8 miles per hour
Achievements and titles
  • 40 yd: 4.22 (Atlanta, 2019)
  • 100 m: 9.58 WR (Berlin 2009
  • 150 m: 14.35 WB
  • (Manchester 2009)
  • 200 m: 19.19 WR (Berlin 2009)
  • 300 m: 30.97 NR (Ostrava 2010)
  • 400 m: 45.28 (Kingston 2007)
  • 800 m: 2:05
Net Worth $90 million

When talking about the fastest runners in the world, we simply can not overlook the achievements earned by the former fastest sprinter and the gold of Jamaica, Usain Bolt. He is a living legend and one of the fastest sprinters in history.

There is a lot to talk about Usain Bolt. He is a history maker, record breaker, and so much more. He made quite a talk when he achieved a speed of 10.44 meters per second during his world-record run. He is considered one of the fastest people even after his retirement from being a professional Sprinter.

2. Tyson Gay

Tyson Gay

Full Name Tyson Gay
Born 9 Aug 1982 (Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.)
Age 41 Years.
Height / Weight 5 ft 11 in.
Sports Track and field
Achievements and titles
  • 100 m: 9.69 NR (Shanghai, 2009)
  • 200 m: 19.58 (New York, 2009)
  • 200 m straight: 19.41 (Manchester, 2010)
  • 400 m: 44.89 (Gainesville, 2010)
Top Speed 27.8 miles per hour
Net Worth $12 million

If we are enlisting the best, we have to include the best. That’s why we ranked 2nd, and we have enlisted Tyson Gay, one of the fastest American track and field sprinters (Retired). He is considered the second athlete to have over 100m ever. Moreover, he has won both gold and bronze medals in several international competitions.

Tyson is also the second man to win all three events in a World Championships. In his professional career, Tyson has won 12 gold in different events making him one of the greatest of all time.

3. Erriyon Knighton

Erriyon Knighton

Full Name Erriyon Knighton
Born 29 Jan, 2004 (Tampa, Florida, U.S.)
Age 19 Years.
Height / Weight 6 ft 3 in.
Sports Track and field
Achievements and titles
  • 100 m: 10.04 (Gainesville 2022)
  • 200 m: 19.49 AJR (Baton Rouge 2022)
  • 400 m: 44.89 (Gainesville, 2010)
Top Speed Around 23-25 miles per hour
Net Worth $200,000 (Based on various sources)

Let’s talk about someone even faster than the legendary Usain Bolt. Erriyon is a teenage Olympic athlete from America who broke Usain Bolt’s junior record of 20.13 seconds. He is the young sensation of this generation by becoming a world record-holder at 200m.

What’s more? He is still very young, meaning he will still have more time in his career to achieve more titles and record-breaking scores in his name. Overall, he is considered the 5th faster athlete due to his mark of 19.49 seconds.

4. Asafa Powell

Asafa Powell

Full Name Asafa Powell
Born 23 Nov 1982 (Spanish Town, Jamaica)
Age 41 Years.
Height / Weight 6 ft 2 in.
Sports Track and field
Achievements and titles
  • 60 m: 6.44 s NR (Portland, 2016)
  • 100 yd: 9.07 WR (Ostrava, 2010)
  • 100 m: 9.72 s (Lausanne, 2008)
  • 200 m: 19.90 s (Kingston, 2006)
  • 400 m: 45.94 s (Sydney, 2009)
Top Speed 27.5 miles per hour
Net Worth $6.5 million

Sometimes it feels weird how most of the fastest-living people are Jamaican. However, overlooking the fact that Asafa Powell is from Jamaica, he is among the fastest professional sprinter who has already met his retirement. But before facing retirement, Powell set the 100 meters world record twice in his professional career.

Additionally, Asafa Powell has broken the 10-second barrier in the 100m an incredible 97 times throughout his career. Furthermore, he also holds the world record for the 100-yard dash, which he set on May 27th, 2010, in the Czech Republic.

5. Yohan Blake

Yohan Blake

Full Name Yohan Blake
Born 26 Dec 1989 (St. James, Jamaica)
Age 34 Years.
Height / Weight 5 ft 11 in.
Sports Track and field
Achievements and titles
  • 100 m: 9.69 (Lausanne 2012)
  • 200 m: 19.26 (Brussels 2011)
  • 400 m: 46.32 (Kingston 2013)
Top Speed 27 miles per hour
Net Worth $5 million

Here is someone who is considered the youngest 100 m world champion ever, Yohan Blake. From St. James, Jamaica, Yohan has won Gold medals 18x times in different events. He is also the second fastest man in 100m and 200m, tying with Tyson Gay.

What’s more? Tyson, at the very young age of 19, became the youngest man to break the 10-second barrier. However, the record was broken by none other than Trayvon Bromell, who, at the age of 18, ran 100m in 9.97 seconds.

6. Maurice Greene

Maurice Greene

Full Name Maurice Greene
Born July 23, 1974 (Kansas City, U.S.)
Age 49 Years.
Height / Weight 5 ft 9 in.
Sports Sprinting
Achievements and titles
  • 100m: 9.79 seconds (Athens, Greece, 1999)
  • 200m: 19.86 seconds (Oslo, Norway, 1999)
  • 60m: 6.39 seconds (Madrid, Spain, 1998)
  • 50m: 5.56 seconds (Liévin, France, 1998)
Top Speed 26 miles per hour
Net Worth $3 million

Maurice Greene is a former track and field sprinter from Kansas, United States. He ranks somewhere in the top ten fastest people in the world due to his record of finishing the 100m dash in 9.79 seconds. What’s more is that he has won Olympic medals five times in his career, Of which two are gold.

We also can not overlook the fact that he has achieved the title of the fastest sprinter five times. Therefore, today in our list, we are ranking him in sixth position considering his overall performance in his entire professional career.

7. Nesta Carter OD

Nesta Carter OD

Full Name Nesta Carter OD
Born 11 Oct 1985 (Banana Ground Rd, Jamaica)
Age 38 Years.
Height / Weight 5 ft 8 in.
Sports Running
Achievements and titles
  • 100m: 9.78 seconds (Rieti, 2010)
  • 200m: 21.10 seconds (Hamilton, 2004)
Top Speed 27 miles per hour
Net Worth $5 Million

Can we ignore the man who is one of the most well-known athletes from Jamaica? Not! Nesta Carter once finished the 100m dash in just 9.78 seconds. Besides winning on multiple occasions, Nesta Carter has also been a successful part of the Jamaican 4 x 100 meters relay.

What’s more is that Nesta took gold in the 2011 World Championships, 2012 London Olympics, and 2015 World Championships. Overall, over 37 years old, Nesta Carter is one of the fastest-living people from Manchester, Jamaica.

8. Elaine Thompson-Herah

Elaine Thompson-Herah

Full Name Elaine Sandra-Lee Thompson-Herah OD
Born June 28, 1992 (Manchester, Jamaica)
Age 31 Years.
Height / Weight 5 ft 6 in.
Sports Track and Field
Achievements and titles
  • 60 meters outdoors: 7.02 seconds (Kingston, Jamaica, 2017)
  • 100 meters: 10.54 seconds (Eugene, USA, 2021)
  • 200 meters: 21.53 seconds (Tokyo, Japan, 2021)
  • 4 × 100 meters relay: 41.02 seconds (Tokyo, Japan, 2021)
  • 4 × 200 meters relay: 5340 seconds (Nassau, Bahamas, 2017)
Top Speed 24.5 miles per hour
Net Worth $4 million

From Manchester, Jamaica, Elaine is the fastest woman alive. She competed in 60 meters, 100 meters, and 200 meters and became the Olympic champion five times in her career. As of today, she is considered one of the greatest sprinters in history.

What’s more? In her professional career, she has won gold twelve times. Besides, she is a proud woman who became the first female runner (Overall, second after Usain Bolt) to win the “Sprint double” in the Olympics. Therefore, you can not overlook the feats and achievements accomplished by Elaine Thompson-Herah.

9. Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson

Full Name Richard “Torpedo” Thompson
Born 7 June 1985 (Cascade, Trinidad & Tobago)
Age 38 Years.
Height / Weight 6 ft 2 in.
Sports Running
Achievements and titles
  • 60 meters outdoor: 6.51 seconds (Fayetteville, United States, 2008)
  • 100 meters: 9.82 seconds (Port of Spain, Trinidad, and Tobago, 2014)
  • 200 meters: 20.18 seconds ( Fayetteville, United States, 2008)
Top Speed 27 miles per hour 
Net Worth $10 million

From Trinidad and Tobago, he is a professional Sprinter who competes in the 100 meters. His personal best record is 9.82 seconds which was set in June 2014. Overall, Richard has won the gold in three different events, including one in the Olympics. Overall, his feats and top speed make him one of the fastest runners in the world.

10. Steve Mullings

Steve Mullings

Full Name Steve Mullings
Born 28 Nov 1982 (St. Elizabeth Parish)
Age 41 Years.
Height / Weight 5 ft 9 in.
Sports Running
Achievements and titles
  • 60 meters outdoor: 6.59 seconds (Manhattan, Kansas, United States, 2004)
  • 100 meters: 9.80 (+1.3 m/s) seconds (Eugene, Oregon, United States, 2011)
  • 200 meters: 19.98 seconds ( Berlin, Germany, 2009)
Top Speed 26 miles per hour
Net Worth $10 Million

Former sprint athlete Steve Mullings, who has never had Olympic experience, is one of the fastest athletes in St. Elizabeth Parish, Jamaica. Steve broke his 10-second barrier at age 27 before testing positive for drugs.

However, before getting banned from athletics due to the Jamaican Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel, he earned two gold medals and a bronze on three separate occasions. Before getting excluded from his career, he had reached a speed of 26 miles per hour, which is his top speed.


It’s time for us to conclude this article. During the whole article, we have been able to get in-depth into the content and know about runners with a speed of over 20 Miles Per Hour. From Usain Bolt to Steve Mullings, every runner listed in this article has won gold in various events with a velocity that surpasses any normal human. Therefore, they are easily among the few fastest runners in the world in 2023.

Golam Muktadir is a passionate sports fan and a dedicated movie buff. He has been writing about both topics for over a decade and has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with his readers. Muktadir has a degree in journalism and has written for several well-known publications, including Surprise Sports.


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