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This YouTube video is called Break the limit – Tribute to Sprinters with the background music “Desert Rose” by Sting.
It starts off with the first electronic recorded 100 meters under 10 seconds by Jim Hines in the 1968 Olympics. I love this video because Lennox Lewis of Jamaica is wearing a simple short sleeve white T-Shirt, not the usual tank top singlets or speed suits.
It wasn’t until 1977 when the IAAF required fully automatic timing (FAT) to the hundredth of a second for the sprint distances under 400 meters. Later, they made starting blocks mandatory because of the the pressure pads to detect movement under 0.100 of a second. The average human physiological reaction time is 0.132 seconds.
I am a big fan of the rock group The Police and Sting, so when I saw this 5 minute video for a tribute to 100 meter Sprinters, I felt it was worthy of posting it.
All the big names in modern day sub 10 second sprinters are included: Maurice Green, Ato Bolden, Carl Lewis, Maurice Green, Asafa Powell, Tyson Gay and more.
Usain Bolt High Quality video of the Beijing Olympic 100m World Record 9.69
This YouTube video is over 10 minutes long and it includes both semi-finals plus the Finals. It also has a lengthy interview at the second half of the video.
When I watched this race live in August, I was still skeptical if Usain could run 4 rounds in 2 days for the 100 meters. But he did have the experience from the 200 meters at Osaka 2007 which I’m sure helped a lot.
UPDATE: Sorry, the video is no longer on YouTube.