Ever since Usain Bolt ran the 100m in 9.85 seconds in Zagreb in 2011, the question has been who could break the Boris Hanžeković Memorial meeting record set by the world’s fastest man in history.
Nobody has come close to him so far, but that record will really be challenged this year, because three sprinters on the start list have their season’s best times better than or equal to Bolt’s meeting record. This primarily applies to this season’s fastest sprinter Trayvon Bromell (9.77), who missed the opportunity to win Olympic gold by his own mistake in the semi-final of the Tokyo Olympics.
Another US runner, Tokyo Olympics finalist Ronnie Baker (9.83), has a better season’s best than Bolt’s 9.85, while his fellow countryman Marvin Bracy ran the 100 metres in 9.85 seconds this year. Sensational Kenyan sprinter Ferdinand Omurwa (9.86) is only one hundredth of a second slower than the meeting record.
There is no doubt that we will watch a 100m race that will be noticeably faster than 10 seconds in Zagreb’s Mladost Stadium at 20:50 on 14 September. Maybe even faster than Bolt’s meeting record.
Provisional start list