Past and present athletes Bolt has pipped to the post
1. Usain Bolt - 9.69, Beijing 2008. Four years ago he won gold and broke the world record - despite having one shoe untied and starting to celebrate before reaching the finish line.
2. Donovan Bailey - 9.84, Atlanta 1996. The Canadian’s winning time remained an Olympic record for 12 years, before it was shattered by Usain Bolt in Beijing.
3. Ben Johnson - 9.79, Seoul 1988. The Canadian’s triumph was erased from the record books after he failed a drugs test. But even powered by steroids he still trails Bolt by metres.
4. Justin Gatlin - 9.85, Athens 2004. Following a four-year doping ban, the American has made an explosive comeback and will be a contender in London.
5. Maurice Greene - 9.87, Sydney 2000. The highlight of Greene’s injury-blighted career, but the American remains the world record holder over 60 metres.
6. Linford Christie - 9.96, Barcelona 1992. The third Brit to win the blue riband event. Aged 32, he is the oldest ever winner of the Olympic 100m.
7. Carl Lewis - 9.99, Los Angeles 1984. Just one of four golds the American won in Los Angeles, equalling the great Jesse Owens haul in Berlin in 1936.
8. Allan Wells - 10.25, Moscow 1980. A boycott by the US helped the flying Scotsman but, roared on by wife Margot, he grabbed the opportunity in style.
See if Bolt can beat his own world record in the men’s 100m final - tonight at 9:50pm on BBC1, BBC Olympics 3.