Last Updated on March 8, 2013 by Jimson Lee
Remember that tie at the 1982 Commonwealth Games 200m where it was virtually impossible to separate 1st and 2nd?
In 1990, both Danny Everett and Roberto Hernandez were credited with a time of 31.48 in the rarely contested outdoor 300m. Danny was declared the winner with the new world record breaking the previous mark of 31.70 by fellow American Kirk Baptiste.
Roberto Hernandez of Cuba had a 14 year career with highlights including a fifth place behind Quincy Watts at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics 400 meters, and a fourth place finish at the 1999 World Championships in his final year of Athletics. He also earned a silver medal in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics in the 4x400m relay.
Here is a nice 6 minute clip from YouTube with slow motion replay of the 31.48 300 meters
On March 24, 2000, Michael Johnson set an altitude WR of 30.85A
More recently, LaShawn Merritt ran a 31.31 at the 2006 Road to Eugene ’08 which is the current “sea-level world record”. Jeremy Wariner split 31.58 en route to win the 400 meters World Championships in Osaka.
UPDATE June 12, 2008: Jeremy Wariner runs 31.72 in Ostrava in a special 300 meters.
The All-time men’s best 300 meters can be found here – note how Canada’s Tyler Christopher is ranked 14th all time with some pretty impressive company.
Seeing this video reminded of Danny’s races – particularly his trips as a relay anchor. If you didn’t see UCLA’s great 4×4’s between ’86 and ’88, many were anchored by Everett. Exception was the NCAA record set in ’88.
Trademark of Danny was his ability to run strong, but relaxed down the homestretch and literally walk away without displaying the after effects of sub45 split fatigue. An example of such was the 4×4 in 1990 at Walnut, CA. Kevin Young ran with him on Santa Monica’s makeshift team , which included then a very quick Mark Witherspoon.
Nike had a team which included Butch Reynolds running against Young on 3rd leg and countered with Danny Harris on anchor. The video below highlights the final 2 legs of that race:
Jimson Lee says
@Chui – WOW, what can I say? His anchor leg is incredible. And I thought Darold Williamson had the meanest anchor leg!
Bud Winter had it right – RELAX TO WIN!
Thanks Chui for the awesome video.