Su Bingtian

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Su Bingtian
Su Bingtian Rio 2016.jpg
Su at the 2016 Olympics
Personal information
Born (1989-08-29) 29 August 1989 (age 27)
Zhongshan, China
Height 172 cm (5 ft 8 in)[1]
Weight 70 kg (154 lb)
Country  China
Sport Athletics
Event(s) 100m, 4 × 100m relay
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 100 m – 9.92 (2017)[2]

Su Bingtian (simplified Chinese: 苏炳添; traditional Chinese: 蘇炳添; pinyin: Sū Bǐngtiān, born 29 August 1989)[3] is a Chinese track and field athlete who competes in the sprints. He is the reigning Asian champion over 100 metres, was a semi-finalist at the 2012 Summer Olympics and a finalist at the 2015 World Championships.

Su holds Asian record in the 60 metres (6.50 seconds). He is the only man of Asian descent to run the 100m in under 10 seconds. He has also won medals at the Summer Universiade and the Asian Games.


He broke onto the continental scene with three straight wins in the 100 metres on the Asian Grand Prix in May 2009.[4] His first medal came in the 4×100 metres relay at the 11th Chinese Games later that year, where he helped the Guangdong team including Liang Jiahong and Wen Yongyi to the gold medal.[5]

He also began representing China internationally that year and shortly after the national games he won the gold medal over 60 metres at the 2009 Asian Indoor Games, running a personal best of 6.65 seconds.[6] He was selected for the relay at the 2009 Asian Athletics Championships and won a silver medal alongside Guo Fan, Liang Jiahong and Zhang Peimeng. He took the individual 100 m title at the East Asian Games, defeating Japanese rival Shintaro Kimura.[7]

He equalled the Chinese indoor record in the 60 m in Chengdu in 2010, running 6.58 seconds.[8] At the 2010 Asian Games he won the relay gold with a national and Games record time.[9]

In March 2011, he set a new Chinese national 60 metres indoor record in Chengdu with a time of 6.56 seconds. He went on to establish himself as his country's top male sprinter that year: he won the 100 m title at the 2011 Asian Athletics Championships in a personal best of 10.21 seconds, was the bronze medalist at the 2011 Summer Universiade, then competed at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics in Daegu (running in the heats of the relay).[10] He ended the season by breaking the Chinese record to win the 100 m at the Chinese Athletics Championships with a time of 10.16 seconds, improving upon Zhou Wei and Chen Haijian's former best mark.[11]

In 2012 he was a 60 m semi-finalist at the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships and a 100 m semi-finalist at the 2012 Summer Olympics.[12] He ran a wind-aided (+2.9 m/s) 10.04 seconds at the start of the outdoor season and ended it by defending his national title in the 100 m.[13] With the Chinese relay team he ran national records twice that season, timing 38.71 seconds in May and improving to 38.38 seconds with Guo Fan, Liang Jiahong and Zhang Peimeng in the heats of the Olympics.[14]

His 2013 began with two 60 m national records in Nanjing, where he ran 6.56 seconds and then 6.55 seconds.[15] Zhang Peimeng beat Su's 100 m national record in May 2013, but Su responded with a personal best of 10.06 seconds at the IAAF World Challenge Beijing.[16]

On May 30, 2015, at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, Su clocked 9.99 seconds in the 100m, becoming the first Asian-born athlete to achieve a sub-10 second clocking, widely considered the standard of elite status sprinting.

On 23 August 2015, he reached the final of the 100m at the World Championships in Beijing with a time of 9.99 seconds in his semi-final. In the final, he finished his race with the time 10.06 in position 9th.

On 27 May 2017, Su once again achieved a sub-10 second time in the 100m at the 2017 Prefontaine Classic with a personal best 9.92 seconds[17]. However, the tailwind (+2.4 M/S) was above the allowed limit of 2.0 M/S, therefore the time does not count as a national record or personal best.

Personal bests[edit]

Sub-10-second 100 meters record[edit]

  • 2015.05.30, 9.99, +1.5 m/s, IAAF Diamond League/Prefontaine Classic 2015, Eugene, USA
  • 2015.08.23, 9.99, −0.4 m/s, IAAF World Championships in Athletics 2015, Beijing, China
  • 2017.04.15, 9.98, +4.1 m/s, Pure Athletics Spring Invitational at the NTC 2017, Clermont,USA
  • 2017.05.27, 9.92, +2.4 m/s, IAAF Diamond League/Prefontaine Classic 2017, Eugene, USA


  1. ^ "9.99 is not the limit for Su". IAAF. Retrieved 14 May 2017. 
  2. ^ Su Bingtian profile at IAAF
  3. ^ Zhongshan athlete won gold medal. Zhonshan Government. Retrieved on 2010-12-20.
  4. ^ Teenager Xie Wenjun surprises Shi Dongpeng as Asian Grand Prix concludes in Hong Kong. IAAF (2009-05-30). Retrieved on 2010-12-19.
  5. ^ National Games Athletics event results. Tilastopaja Oy. Retrieved on 2010-12-19.
  6. ^ Krishnan, Ram. Murali (2009-10-31). Li Ling's vault victory and Huong's 60m triumph highlight opening day of Asian Indoor Games in Hanoi. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-11-02.
  7. ^ Krishnan, Ram. Murali (2009-12-12). China's Liu Qing completes double but overall it's Japan's day – East Asian Games, Day 3. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-12-19.
  8. ^ Su Bingtian. Tilastopaja Oy. Retrieved on 2010-12-20.
  9. ^ Bahrain takes two distance running golds – Asian Games, Day 6. IAAF (2010-11-27). Retrieved on 2010-12-20.
  10. ^ Su Bingtian takes Asian 100m title in Kobe – Asian champs, Day 2. IAAF (2011-07-09). Retrieved on 2011-09-24.
  11. ^ Jalava, Mirko (2011-09-11). Women's throws, men's 100m national record highlight the Chinese championships. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-09-24.
  12. ^ Men's 100m. London2012. Retrieved on 2013-03-17.
  13. ^ Jalava, Mirko (2012-09-26). Chinese championships close out domestic season well. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-03-17.
  14. ^ Ramsak, Bob (2012-08-10). London 2012 – Event Report – Men's 4x100m Relay Round One. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-03-17.
  15. ^ Jalava, Mirko (2013-03-07). Dong Bin leads the way as indoor records tumble in Nanjing. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-03-17.
  16. ^ Jalava, Mirko (2013-05-21). World leads from Chicherova and Oliver in Beijing – IAAF World Challenge. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-05-21.
  17. ^