The 11 fastest Asian 100-meter sprinters of all time


Introduction

  • Note #1: due to numerous ties within the top 11 fastest times, this is actually a list of the 21 fastest Asian 100-meter sprinters of all time
  • Note #2: race and ethnicity are imperfect social constructs; the concept of racial “categories” are inherently flawed, but often schematically useful within defined sociocultural contexts. For the purposes of this article, I have defined “Asian” as any athlete who can trace (at least half of) their heritage to the indigenous peoples of the geographically-defined Asian continent–in the broadest sense, East Asians, Southeast Asians, South Asians and West Asians. I have (rather arbitrarily, I admit) omitted athletes from Turkey (sorry, Guliyev [9.97]) and athletes from Western Asian countries with convoluted & ambiguous ethnic compositions (this unfortunately excludes Barakat Al Harthi [9.97] of Oman).
  • Note #3: Chinese names are written in traditional order, meaning that the first printed name is the family name.

11. (tied) Chen Guanfeng (China) – 10.06 seconds

Chen Guanfeng, one of the fastest Asian 100 meter sprinters of all time, has a personal best of 10.06
Screenshot via YouTube / Chinese Athletics Fan

11. (tied) Puripol Boonson (Thailand) – 10.06 seconds

Puripol Boonson, one of the fastest Asian 100 meter sprinters of all time, has a personal b est of 10.06
Image via Instagram / @ppbs_b

10. (tied) Lalu Muhammad Zohri (Indonesia) – 10.03 seconds

Lalu Muhammad Zohri, one of the fastest Asian 100 meter sprinters of all time, has a personal best of 10.03
Image by Erik van Leeuwe via Wikipedia (licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License).

10. (tied) Asuka “Aska” Cambridge (Japan; ethnically Japanese & Black Jamaican) – 10.03 seconds

Aska Cambridge, one of the fastest Asian 100 meter sprinters of all time, has a personal best of 10.03
Image via Instagram / @c_aska9

10. (tied) Hassan Taftian (Iran) – 10.03 seconds

Hassan Taftian, one of the fastest Asian 100 meter sprinters of all time, has a personal best of 10.03
Image via Instagram / @hassantaftian

10. (tied) Shingo Suetsugu (Japan) – 10.03 seconds

Shingo Suetsugu, one of the fastest Asian 100 meter sprinters of all time, has a personal best of 10.03
Screenshot via YouTube / sandbag2006

9. (tied) Hiroki Yanagita (Japan) – 10.02 seconds

Hiroki Yanagita, one of the fastest Asian 100 meter sprinters of all time, has a personal best of 10.02
Image via Instagram / @hiro10.80

9. (tied) Ryuichiro Sakai (Japan) – 10.02 seconds

Ruichiro Sakai, one of the fastest Asian 100 meter sprinters of all time, has a personal best of 10.02
Image via Instagram / @ryu_0_3_1_4 

9. (tied) Nobuharu Asahara (Japan) – 10.02 seconds

Nobuharu Asaharu, one of the fastest Asian 100 meter sprinters of all time, has a personal best of 10.02
Screenshot via YouTube / Atletismo de Oro

8. Shuhei Tada (Japan) – 10.01 seconds

Shuhei Tada, one of the fastest Asian 100 meter sprinters of all time, has a personal best of 10.01
Image via Instagram / @shuhei_0624

7. (tied) Zhang Peimeng (China) – 10.00 seconds

Zhang Peimeng, one of the fastest Asian 100 meter sprinters of all time, has a personal best of 10.00
Screenshot via YouTube / athlete motivation

7. (tied) Koji Ito (Japan) – 10.00 seconds

Koji Ito, one of the fastest Asian 100 meter sprinters of all time, has a personal best of 10.00
Screenshot via YouTube / athlete motivation

6. (tied) Yuki Koike (Japan) – 9.98 seconds

Yuki Koike, one of the fastest Asian 100 meter sprinters of all time, has a personal best of 9.98
Image via Instagram / @yuki_koike_

6. (tied) Kiryu Yoshihide (Japan) – 9.98 seconds

Yoshihide Kiryu, one of the fastest Asian 100 meter sprinters of all time, has a personal best of 9.98
Image via Instagram / @kiryu1215

5. (tied) Abdul Hakim Sani Brown (Japan; ethnically Japanese & Ghanaian) – 9.97 seconds

Abdul Hakim Sani Brown, one of the fastest Asian 100 meter sprinters of all time, has a personal best of 9.97
Image via Instagram / @hakimsanib

5. (tied) Adam Gemili (Great Britain; ethnically Iranian & Moroccan) – 9.97 seconds

Adam Gemili, one of the fastest Asian 100 meter sprinters of all time, has a personal best of 9.97
Image via Instagram / @adamgemili

5. (tied) Xie Zhenye (China) – 9.97 seconds

Xie Zhenye, one of the fastest Asian 100 meter sprinters of all time, has a personal best of 9.97
Image via Instagram / @xiezhenye_china

4. Yupun Abeykoon (Sri Lanka) – 9.96 seconds

Yupun Abeykoon, one of the fastest Asian 100 meter sprinters of all time, has a personal best of 9.96
Image via Instagram / @yupun_abeykoon

3. Ryota Yamagata (Japan) – 9.95 seconds

Ryota Yamagata, one of the fastest Asian 100 meter sprinters, has a personal best of 9.95
Image via Instagram / @y.ryo34

2. Michael Norman (USA; ethnically Japanese and African American) – 9.86 seconds

Image via Instagram / @michaelnorman22

1. Su Bingtian (China) – 9.83 seconds

Su Bingtian, one of the fastest Asian 100-meter sprinters of all time, has a personal best of 19.83 seconds
Image by Fernando Frazão/Agência Brasil via Wikipedia (licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Brazil license)

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