Sports have been an enormous part of our lives and a way to improve ourselves, not only physically but mentally as well. The most common exercise that we do in our day-to-day life is running. This article doesn’t board itself too far and discusses the fastest female runner in the world or more broadly, women in sports.
1. Current Scenario for Women in Sports
Although women are typically not viewed as being athletic in stereotypical communities, women’s sports, both amateur and skilled, have existed worldwide for hundreds of years. Recently, there has been a surge in encouragement for female players in the field of sports. This change is the result of gender equality protests, demanding equal rights for women in all aspects of life including sports. (See 20 Best Female Singers of All Time)
2. The Gender Gap in Sports
Today, the amount of participation, as well as performance, are yet again differentiated hugely based on gender and the type of sport in various countries. Concerning sports involving female players, two vital divisions exist:
- These sports are either female-exclusive or the female variant of an existing male-dominated sport,
- Or they’re sports that originated as a female destined sport created completely for female athletes with the deliberate exclusion of male athletes.
Hence, creating a barrier between sports and female-specific sports. (See Why do rich people like to play golf?)
3. History of Running and Women
- In 1896, modern Olympic games were established but women were not allowed to be a part of it, simply because they were deemed too fragile.
- In 1900, it was no longer uncommon for women to be active in sports such as golf and tennis. But they were still banned from running.
- In 1928, women were finally allowed to participate in 100m and 800m marathons. However, the IOC immediately reversed their decision on allowing women to run 800 meters after several cases of women collapsing during the run emerged.
- Women were only allowed to run the 100-meter race after the IOC decision in 1928.
- The 200m dash was added to the Olympics in 1948.
- Later, the first women’s 400m race was held in 1964.
- Once being illegal for thirty-two years because of medical considerations that the event was too onerous for the frail feminine gender, the women’s 800 meters was reintroduced in 1960. It was after this time that we were able to see women being uplifted in the field of running sports.
The history of women’s distance running is a long one and has seen many battles fought. The pioneers who started this movement are to be congratulated for never giving up on their dream. (See What is The Importance Of Unity)
4. Fastest Female Runner Today
The 100-meter sprint is often seen as one of the most influential and important events in any sport. Olympic 100-meter sprint winners are often considered to be the fastest people in the world. So, who holds the title of the fastest female runner in the world? Florence Griffith-Joyner, the world’s fastest woman, known affectionately by her fans as Flo-Jo, is a sprint champion. She is the only person to have held both world records for 100m and 200m sprints. She finished the 100m sprint in just 10.49 seconds! Her second world record is of 21.34 seconds for a 200m sprint. (See World Record For Hiccups)
5. Other Fast Female Runners
- The 2008 and 2012 Olympic champion, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is the fast runner with a best time of 10.70 seconds.
- Carmelita Jeter, 10.78-seconds 100-meter sprint silver medalist, who also aced in 2012.
- Marion Jones is also among the faster sprinters of all time with the best time of 10.65 seconds.
- Most recently, in 2016, Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson took home the gold as she beat out competitors to win a 100m sprint race in 10.71 seconds.
With this, here comes the end of the article. We now know who the fastest female runner in the world is, and how many battles it took for women to be allowed to participate in running sports. (Also see What’s So Super About Super Bowl Sunday?)