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Almost 20 years ago, both Danny Everett and Roberto Hernandez were credited with a world record time of 31.48 for the 300 meters. It was set on September 3, 1990 at Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, just 1 hour south by car from Seville.
Danny was declared the winner breaking the previous mark of 31.70 set by fellow American Kirk Baptiste in 1984.
Since then, only 2 men have broken that time.
On March 24, 2000, Michael Johnson set an altitude WR of 30.85A for 300 meters. More recently, LaShawn Merritt ran a 31.31 at the 2006 Road to Eugene ‘08. LaShawn also ran 31.30 in 2009 at a similar meet in Eugene, which is the current “sea-level world record”. LaShawn must love
That is, of course, Usain Bolt breaks the world record tomorrow in Ostrava.
300 meter World Record Video (with a twist)
Now here is a lesson for all you kids out there (I’m making fun of Isiah Thomas when he tried broadcasting… this was the line he used over and over)
In this video, Roberto Hernandez (in black) thinks he’s won the race, was given the victory flowers, and even does a victory lap!
Only after the official photo finish results were posted, we discover (at the very end of the video.. you’ll have to skip the snow and fast forwards) they were both credited with the WR, but Danny Everett was declared the eventual winner.
Always lean for the tape and never celebrate unless you are absolutely certain you have won. In all fairness, Hernandez was probably celebrating his EWR.