Longevity in Track and Field is rare, indeed. If you time it right, an 8 year career can span 3 Olympics.
One has to look at Carl Lewis and Al Oerter to see remarkable athletes competing in 4 Olympiads… 5 if you include making the 1980 National team.
On the womens side, there’s Irena Szewinska, Jackie Joyner Kersee, and Merlene Ottey.
I was hoping Mo the G.O.A.T. would be going for Olympics number 3, but I had predicted he would retire in early 2006 – the off year for Americans with no Olympics or World Championships. Canadians, Great Britains, and Australians are a bit luckier with the Commonwealth Games.
So, after some complex algorithm* on Google’s Search Engines and the IAAF, here is a detailed look at Maurice Greene’s 52 sub 10 second 100 meters sprints. Can you guess the performance to the venue?
These performances were recorded by Maurice Greene from 1997-2004:
9.79 >> Click here for the video
9.86 x 2
9.87 x 3
9.90 x 7
9.91 x 4
9.92 x 2
9.93 x 5
9.94 x 4
9.96 x 7
9.97 x 5
9.98 x 2
9.99 x 5
Wouldn’t it be nice to have all of these videos in one place, with a handy playlist pull down menus?
The Discovery Channel did a nice 7 minute documentary on his 9.79 world record posted on YouTube. (Horrible analog to digital conversion quality)
How hard is 52 sub 10 seconds 100 meters? At the time of this writing, Asafa Powell has 33 with Mo’s training partner Ato Boldon next with 28!
So, do you think Mo is the G.O.A.T.?
*By the way, that complex algorithm is called “Cut and Paste”!