Throughout history, the trials of every track and field discipline have led to great athletes who have broken numerous records, among them all, today we have great athletes who will one day become the legend for many other generations, as well as being now famous all over the world. Here we leave you a little guide about a few of the many vital athletes of the moment.
- Usain Bolt (100 and 200 m.)
Sprinter specialist, 100 and 200 m flat world and Olympic champion, and the fastest man on the planet.
Currently holds the world records in the 100 m sprint with a mark of 9,58 s got August 16, 2009; and the 200 m sprint with a time of 19,19 s, obtained on August 20, 2009, both achieved in the World of Berlin. Also, the 4 x 100 meters, established in 37,04 s on September 4, 2011, alongside Nesta Carter, Michael Frater and Yohan Blake in the World Championship of Daegu. In fact, at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008, had become the first athlete to achieve these three records.
- Carl Lewis (Speed and long jump)
He earned nine years between Los Angeles 1984 and Atlanta 1996. He is considered one of the most significant athletics figures and one of the biggest gold medal winners, along with Nurmi, Mark Spitz, and Larysa Latynina.
- Yelena Isinbayeva)
Russian athlete specializing in pole jumping, current Olympic and European champion of this race.
He has beaten the world’s record with the female role in a total of 28 occasions, 15 outdoors and 13 on the indoor track. As of February 2012, its files are 5.06 m and 5.01 m, respectively.
The IAAF chose her as the best athlete of the year in 2004, 2005 and 2008. In 2007 and 2009 she received the prestigious Laureus Award for Best Female Athlete of the year. On September 2, 2009, he was awarded the Prince of Asturias prize for Sports.
- Haile Gebrselassie (5.000, 10.000 m. and marathon)
He was a World Marathon plus marker with a time of 2H 03m 58s held on 28 September 2008 at the Berlin Marathon (Germany).
The previous mark, achieved on the same stage and held by himself, was 2: 04: 26. After retiring at km 25 of the New York Marathon on November 7, 2010, Gebrselassie announced his withdrawal from athletics. However, eight days later, he was dismissed and decided to continue as a professional.
- Michael Johnson (200 and 400 m.)
American athlete, 200-and 400-meter test specialist. He won five Olympic gold medals and held the 400-meter World Cup with 43.18 meters. Nicknamed The Waco Express.
At the Atlanta Olympic Games, he was the big star of athletics, becoming the first man to win the 200 and 400m in a few games. In the 400 m, he won with authority and with a great time of 43.49, the best of the year.
But what I remember most of the Games of Atlanta is your victory in the final of the 200 m, and for many, the best athletic performance ever seen in a stadium of athletics, running the 200 in 19,32. Until August 2008, when in the JJ.OO. from Beijing 2008 Jamaican Usain Bolt completed a spectacular race by beating the world record of 19.32, reducing it by two hundredths). In Atlanta he did not participate in the 4X400 m relay, which did not prevent the United States from achieving a new gold medal.
- Jesse Owens (100 and 200 m.)
He was a popular African American athlete. He participated in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, where he gained international fame by winning four gold medals: 100 meters smooth, 200 meters smooth, long jump and as a participant of the winning team in the 4×100 meters relay races.
He was the most successful athlete at the 1936 Summer Olympics. In his name, the Jesse Owens Award for the importance of his career was instituted.
- Hicham El Guerrouj (1,500 and 5,000 m.)
Athlete Moroccan specialist in testing middle-distance, has the current records of the world of 1500 meters (3.26.00), 2,000 meters (4:44,79) and the mile (3.43.13) and was Olympic champion in Athens in 2004 in the 1,500 and 5,000 meters.
- Kenenisa Bekele (5000 and 10,000 m.)
Ethiopian athlete specialist in long-distance races that has the current records of the world 5,000 and 10,000 meters, and has been two times Olympic champion in 10,000 meters and 5,000 meters. He is considered one of the best fondest in history, and his younger brother Tariku Bekele is also an international athlete.
Bekele comes from the Highlands of Ethiopia, where some of the best long distance runners in the world have come from. His great role model was Haile Gebrselassie, dominator of long distances in the 1990s, from whom he has become a successor and has even surpassed his achievements on the track.