Su Bingtian (Chinese: 苏炳添; pinyin: Sū Bǐngtiān; born 29 August 1989) is a Chinese sprinter. He was the first ever Asian-born sprinter to break the 10-second barrier of the 100 metres event in track and field. His personal best in the 100 metres makes him the current co-holder of the 100 m Asian record, which is shared with Nigerian-born Qatari Femi Ogunode. Su's personal best in the 60 metres of 6.42 seconds makes him the current holder of the 60 m Asian record; it also places Su within the top 5 of all-time 60 metres performances.
Su at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
|Born||29 August 1989|
Zhongshan, Guangdong, China
|Height||173 cm (5 ft 8 in)|
|Weight||70 kg (154 lb)|
|Event(s)||60 m, 100 m, 4×100 m relay|
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||60 m: 6.42 AR NR (Birmingham 2018)|
100 m: 9.91 AR NR (Madrid 2018)
Su broke onto the continental scene with three straight wins in the 100 metres on the Asian Grand Prix series in May 2009. 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.
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. 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.
During March 2011, Su 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). 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.
In 2012, Su qualified for the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships, marking his first participation in an indoor IAAF World Championships. Su subsequetly reached the semi-final of the 60m at the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships. Later that year, Su also became a 100 m semi-finalist at the 2012 Summer Olympics. 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. 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.
His 2013 began with two 60 m national records in Nanjing, where he ran 6.56 seconds and then 6.55 seconds. Zhang Peimeng beat Su's 100 m national record in May 2013, but Su quickly responded with a personal best of 10.06 seconds at the IAAF World Challenge Beijing.
Later that year, Su qualified for the 2013 IAAF World Championships, marking his first participation in an outdoor IAAF World Championships in an individual event. On 10 August 2013, Su raced in the sixth heat of the first round in the 100 metres, subsequently qualifying to the semi-finals by clocking 10.16 seconds. The following day, he was drawn into the first semi-final against former world champion Justin Gatlin. Su was disqualified in the race due to his false start, thereby rendering him unable to progress to the finals. Su's compatriot Zhang Peimeng also once again replaced Su as the 100m national record holder, by clocking a time of 10.00 seconds in the semi-finals of the 2013 IAAF World Championships.
On May 30, 2015, at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, Su clocked a historic 9.99 seconds in the 100m, becoming the first Asian-born sprinter to achieve a sub-10 second clocking. Su's historic sub-10 second clocking allowed him once again to regain the 100m national record from compatriot Zhang Peimeng, ending their national record 'tug-of-war' which had begun in 2013. Su's coach Yuan Guoqiang later stated that: "Zhang Peimeng’s 10.00 national record set at the World Championships in Moscow has given him (Su) more courage; it convinced him (Su) even more that a sub-10 clocking was not an impossible mission for Chinese athletes.”
Later that year, Su qualified for the 2015 IAAF World Championships which were held in his home country of China. On 22 August 2015, Su raced in the first heat of the first round of the 100 metres finishing second behind Asafa Powell in 10.03 seconds. The following day, he was drawn in the first semi-final against defending champion Usain Bolt. Su finished in fourth clocking a time of 9.986 seconds tying Jimmy Vicaut's time in the third semi-final; since they were tied for the eighth-fastest time, they were both entered into the final, marking the first-ever nine-man final in World Championship history. Su then raced in the final, finishing 9th with a time of 10.06 seconds. Su subsequently became the first ever Asian-born athlete to run in a 100m World Championship final.
On 29 August 2015, Su raced with his teammates Mo Youxue, Xie Zhenye and Zhang Peimeng in the 4 × 100 metres relay. Running the third leg, Su aided his team to a third-place finish in the heats, qualifying them for the final with a then Asian record time of 37.92 seconds. In the final, the Chinese team crossed the line in third behind the United States and Jamaica in 38.01 seconds, giving them a Bronze Medal finish. However, subsequent disqualification of the United States due to improper baton exchange meant that the Chinese team were promoted to a Silver medal finish in the Bird's Nest Stadium; with their Bronze being awarded to Canada.
With his eyes on the 2016 Summer Olympics, Su began the year by running the 60 metres at various indoor meets in the US, ultimately qualifying for the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Portland, Oregon. On March 18, 2016, Su won his 60 metres heat at the championships with a time of 6.64 seconds. Later in the day, Su finished second in his semi-final clocking 6.50 seconds; a new personal best and equalling the Asian record. He went on to finish fifth in the final with a time of 6.54 seconds.
Outdoors, Su ran only three meets before the Olympics. He and his teammates ran and won two 4 x 100 metre relay races in his home country of China; one in Shanghai at the Shanghai Golden Grand Prix; and one in Beijing at the IAAF World Challenge Beijing. On May 26, 2016, Su finished seventh in 100 metres at the 2016 Prefontaine Classic in a wind-aided 10.04 seconds, unable to repeat the success he had on the same track the year before.
Su arrived in Rio de Janeiro for the Olympic Games, having qualified for the 100 metres and the 4 × 100 metres relay. In the 100 metres, Su finished third in his heat in 10.17 seconds, qualifying him as one of the fastest losers for the semi-final. The following day, on August 14th, 2016, Su finished fourth in his semi-final in 10.08 seconds; a season's best time. However, his time was unable to qualify him for the final. 4 days later, on August 18th, 2016, Su raced with his teammates Tang Xingqiang, Xie Zhenye and Zhang Peimeng in the heats of the 4 × 100 metre relay. Running the third leg, Su helped his team to a second-place finish in their heat behind the United States. Their time of 37.82 seconds set a new Asian record for the event. The following day, the Chinese team finished fourth in the final following a disqualification by team USA, narrowly missing out on an Olympic medal. Su ended his season after the Olympics.
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. However, the tailwind (+2.4 m/s) was above the allowed limit of 2.0 m/s, invalidating the time as an official national record or personal best.
Later that year, Su qualified for the 2017 IAAF World Championships. On 4 August 2017, Su raced in the fourth heat of the first round in the 100 metres subsequently qualifying to the semi-finals by clocking 10.03 seconds. The following day, he was drawn in the second semi-final against former world champion Yohan Blake. Su finished in third clocking a time of 10.10 seconds putting him through to the final where he subsequently finished 8th with a time of 10.27 seconds.
Various stellar performances by Su Bingtian in 2018 made it a historically significant year for Chinese athletics.
On 3 March 2018, Su made history by becoming the first male Chinese sprinter to win an individual IAAF World Indoor Championships medal, as he took silver in the 2018 edition's men's 60 metres final. Su's 6.42 second performance in the event made him the current holder of the 60 m Asian record; it also places Su within the top 5 of all-time 60 metres performances.
On 22 June 2018, Su took gold in the men's 100 metres final of the 2018 IAAF World Challenge meet in Madrid with a historic 9.91 seconds; tying the Asian record previously set by Nigerian-born Qatari Femi Ogunode. Su's result of 9.91 seconds also simultaneously allowed him to regain his 100m national record which compatriot Xie Zhenye had broken only three days earlier with a time of 9.97 seconds. One week later, Su continued his fantastic form by equalling his 9.91-second Asian record at the 2018 Meeting de Paris.
On 26 August 2018, Su won the gold medal in the men's 100 metres event at the 2018 Asian Games. He won the event with a time of 9.92 seconds breaking the Asian Games record previously set by Femi Ogunode at the 2014 Asian Games.
Representing team Asia-Pacific, Su capped of his record-breaking year with a silver medal in the 2018 IAAF Continental Cup men's 100m final. Su finished 0.02 seconds behind team Americas representative Noah Lyles, with a time of 10.03 seconds.
Reflecting on his 2018 performances, Su remarked the following: "It is really a miraculous and amazing year for me, the most memorable one in my career. I achieved a series of good results, and most importantly, I made such results in competing with the best sprinters in the world, which was quite a boost to my confidence."
On 14 February 2019, Su started the year out strong with a 60m victory at the 2019 AIT International Grand Prix, clocking a stadium-record time of 6.52 seconds. Two days later, Su quickly followed up his good form with a resounding 60m victory at the Birmingham meet of the 2019 IAAF World Indoor Tour. The winning time was clocked at 6.47 seconds beating out rivals Reece Prescod and Mike Rodgers to the gold.
At the 2019 IAAF World Relays, Su raced with his teammates Wu Zhiqiang, Xie Zhenye and Liang Jinsheng in the 4 × 100 metres relay. Running the third leg, Su aided his teammates to a second-place finish in the heats, qualifying them for the final with a time of 38.51 seconds. In the final, the Chinese team crossed the line in a season's best 38.16 seconds, subsequently missing out on a bronze medal finish by just 0.01 seconds.
In 2017, Su obtained a degree in International Economics and Trade from the College of Economics at Jinan University. During April 2018, Su was officially appointed as an associate professor of the School of Physical Education at Jinan University.
On October 10, 2017, Su Bingtian wed his childhood sweetheart Lin Yanfang. The wedding ceremony was held in Guzhen, Guangdong, a town close to where Su and Lin grew up. In the early morning of July 11, 2018, Su Bingtian and Lin Yanfang's son was born.
On September 19th, 2015, Su led dozens of school students on Ersha Island to help with fundraising activities for the Chinese charity “Walking for Love”. The money raised for "Walking For Love" was intended to be used for the promotion of children's reading skills.
On November 10th, 2015, Su visited various Guangzhou Power Supply power grid substations to help conduct on-site measurements. Su also undertook power grid construction work to provide electricity to an elderly man's home. Su's visit came after a typhoon incident in Guangzhou where Guangzhou Power Supply grid workers managed to fix power grids within only 5 hours of going down. After the visit, Su commented that: "the existence and construction of the power grid required the collective support of everyone.".
|Event||Time (s)||Wind (m/s)||Competition||Venue||Date||Notes|
|60 m||6.42||n/a||World Indoor Championships||Birmingham, England||3 March 2018||AR, NR|
|100 m||9.91||+0.2||Meeting Madrid||Madrid, Spain||22 June 2018||=AR, NR|
|+0.8||Meeting de Paris||Paris, France||30 June 2018||=AR, =NR|
|9.90 w||+2.4||Prefontaine Classic||Eugene, Oregon, U.S.||26 May 2018||Wind-assisted|
|4×100 m relay||37.82||n/a||Olympic Games||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||18 August 2016||Former AR, NR|
|Year||60 metres||100 metres|
International championship resultsEdit
|2009||Asian Indoor Games||Hanoi, Vietnam||1st||60 m||6.65||n/a||PB|
|Asian Championships||Guangzhou, China||2nd||4×100 m relay||39.07||n/a||PB|
|East Asian Games||Hong Kong||1st||100 m||10.33||+0.1|
|3rd||4×100 m relay||39.86||n/a|
|2010||Asian Games||Guangzhou, China||1st||4×100 m relay||38.78||n/a||GR, PB|
|2011||Asian Championships||Kobe, Japan||1st||100 m||10.21||+1.8||PB|
|4th||4×100 m relay||39.33||n/a|
|Universiade||Shenzhen, China||3rd||100 m||10.27||−0.2|
|World Championships||Daegu, Korea||6th (semi 2)||4×100 m relay||38.87||n/a||SB|
|2012||World Indoor Championships||Istanbul, Turkey||5th (semi 3)||60 m||6.74||n/a||SB|
|Olympic Games||London, England||8th (semi 3)||100 m||10.28||+1.0|
|5th (semi 1)||4×100 m relay||38.38||n/a||NR, PB|
|2013||Asian Championships||Pune, India||1st||100 m||10.17||−0.3|
|3rd||4×100 m relay||39.17||n/a||SB|
|World Championships||Moscow, Russia||DQ (semi 1)||100 m||—||−0.2||False start|
|5th (semi 2)||4×100 m relay||38.95||n/a||SB|
|East Asian Games||Tianjin, China||1st||100 m||10.31||−0.1|
|3rd||4×100 m relay||39.19||n/a|
|2014||World Indoor Championships||Sopot, Poland||4th||60 m||6.52||n/a||NR, PB|
|Asian Games||Incheon, South Korea||2nd||100 m||10.10||+0.4||SB|
|1st||4×100 m relay||37.99||n/a||GR, AR, NR, PB|
|2015||Asian Championships||Wuhan, China||1st||4×100 m relay||39.04||n/a|
|World Championships||Beijing, China||9th||100 m||10.06||−0.5|
|2nd||4×100 m relay||38.01||n/a|
|2016||World Indoor Championships||Portland, Oregon||5th||60 m||6.54||n/a|
|Olympic Games||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||4th (semi 3)||100 m||10.08||0.0||SB|
|4th||4×100 m relay||37.90||n/a|
|2017||World Relays||Nassau, Bahamas||3rd||4×100 m relay||39.22||n/a|
|World Championships||London, England||8th||100 m||10.27||−0.7|
|4th||4×100 m relay||38.34||n/a|
|2018||World Indoor Championships||Birmingham, England||2nd||60 m||6.42||n/a||AR, NR, PB|
|Asian Games||Jakarta, Indonesia||1st||100 m||9.92||+0.8||GR|
|3rd||4×100 m relay||38.89||n/a|
|2019||World Relays||Yokohama, Japan||4th||4×100 m relay||38.16||n/a||SB|
|2018||Continental Cup||Ostrava, Czech Republic||2nd||100 m||10.03||0.0|
National championship resultsEdit
|2007||Chinese Junior Championships||Zhengzhou||4th (semi 2)||100 m||10.74||0.0||SB|
|Chinese World Trials||Suzhou||3rd (heat 6)||100 m||10.83||+1.6|
|Chinese City Games||Wuhan||5th||100 m||10.58||+0.1|
|2008||Chinese Championships||Shijiazhuang||4th||100 m||10.41||+0.2||PB|
|Chinese Youth Championships||Taian||1st||100 m||10.53||+0.2|
|2009||Chinese Championships||Yulin||1st||100 m||10.28||−0.4||PB|
|Chinese Games||Jinan||6th||100 m||10.52||−0.4|
|2010||Chinese Championships||Jinan||5th||100 m||10.39||0.0|
|2011||Chinese Indoor Championships||Chengdu||1st||60 m||6.59||n/a|
|Chinese Championships||Hefei||1st||100 m||10.16||+0.7||NR, PB|
|2012||Chinese Championships||Kunshan||1st||100 m||10.21||+1.4|
|2013||Chinese Games||Shenyang||2nd||100 m||10.12||+1.1||PB|
|1st||4×100 m relay||38.73||n/a||SB|
|2014||Chinese University Championships||Beijing||1st||100 m||10.28||−0.6|
|Chinese Championships||Suzhou||2nd||100 m||10.45||+0.4|
|2017||Chinese Games||Tianjin||2nd||100 m||10.10||+0.3|
|1st||4×100 m relay||38.16||n/a||SB|
|2019||Chinese World Trials||Shenyang||2nd||100 m||10.19||+0.1|
- World Indoor Tour
4 × 100 metres relayEdit
Sub-10 seconds 100 metres recordEdit
Su Bingtian has broken the 10-second barrier in the 100 metres on 8 occasions, with 5 of those occasions being under the allowable wind velocity of +2.0 m/s for record purposes. His first sub-10 clocking was on 30 May 2015 at the Prefontaine Classic in 9.99 seconds with a legal +1.5 m/s wind reading, setting a Chinese record and making him the first athlete of either Chinese or eastern Asian descent to break the 10-second barrier. He improved his personal best and the Chinese record on 22 June 2018 at the Meeting Madrid to 9.91 seconds, equaling the Asian record set by Nigerian-born Qatari sprinter Femi Ogunode. His most recent sub-10 clocking was on 26 August 2018 at the Asian Games in a games record of 9.92 seconds.
|Time (s)||Wind (m/s)||Competition||Venue||Date||Notes|
|9.99||+1.5||Prefontaine Classic||Eugene, Oregon, U.S.||30 May 2015||NR, PB|
|9.99||−0.4||World Championships||Beijing, China||23 August 2015||=NR, =PB|
|9.98 w||+4.1||Pure Athletics Spring Invitational||Clermont, Florida, U.S.||15 April 2017||Wind-assisted|
|9.92 w||+2.4||Prefontaine Classic||Eugene, Oregon, U.S.||27 May 2017||Wind-assisted|
|9.90 w||+2.4||Prefontaine Classic||Eugene, Oregon, U.S.||26 May 2018||Wind-assisted|
|9.91||+0.2||Meeting Madrid||Madrid, Spain||22 June 2018||=AR, NR, PB|
|9.91||+0.8||Meeting de Paris||Paris, France||30 June 2018||=AR, =NR, =PB|
|9.92||+0.8||Asian Games||Jakarta, Indonesia||26 August 2018||GR|
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