The 100-metre sprint where you get to choose the runners

Choose any two countries' fastest runners and go!

We plotted each country's national records for the 100-metre dash. Pick the countries and find out who wins the race.
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Reporting by Aparna Alluri, Piyush Aggarwal, Harry Stevens, Gurman Bhatia and Anand Katakam. Lead illustration by Anand Katakam.

Notes: Visualized above are the national 100m records for the 197 countries whose records were ratified by the International Association of Athletics Federations. We have used average speed to calculate the position of every runner.

Data source: International Association of Athletics Federations and various regional athletic organisations.

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