In September, I wrote a highly controversial article for my good friends at The Science of Sport. It was called African Dominance in Sprinting? Some Interesting stats…
Here is a quick snippet:
If the list is expanded to “non-Black” athletes and includes First Nation, Aboriginal or Asian athletes, here is the top 7 list from the top 1200 performances from www.alltime-athletics. And, you can argue 2 of them were set in altitude.
I still believe passion, dedication, a bit of luck, a lot of genetics, decent funding, and good coaching are the key elements to success.
- 9.93 (+1.8) Patrick Johnson (AUS) 05.05.2003
- 10.00 (+2.0) Marian Woronin (POL) 09.06.1984
- 10.00 (+1.9) Koji Ito (JPN) 13.12.1998
- 10.03A (0.0) Nicolas Macrozonaris (CAN) 03.05.2003
- 10.03 (-0.1) Matthew Shirvington (AUS) 17.09.1998
- 10.03 (+1.8) Shingo Suetsugu (JPN) 05.05.2003
- 10.06A (+2.0) Johan Rossouw (RSA) 23.04.1988
So who is Marian Woronin? I’ve searched a lot of archives, and all I could find was this quarter-final race. Technically, he pops up after 5 strides, and he eases the last 20 meters to coast in a 10.28 seconds. But the man is smooth, very similar to Valeri Borzov!
UPDATE: Here is another rare video of Marian Woronin.