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Barcelona 1992. The Men’s 400-meter Olympic final.
You knew something special was going to happen when Quincy ran 43.71 in the semi-finals!
An American sweep in the individual 400 meters was not possible as in 1988 (or 1968), as Danny Everett’s achilles problems prevented him from advancing past the semi-finals.
Quincy Watts destroyed the field running the classic very fast opening 200m like a true sprinter.. high knees, powerful upper body…
He makes up the stagger on several runners by 150m. Only Steve Lewis was the threat. You can view Steve Lewis’ 1988 Olympic Gold medal race here.
You can see the pain and strain over the last 50 meters. This was a 100% maximal effort.
Well done Quincy!
Both videos are presented here.