Jim Hines, first man under 10 seconds in the 100m, is dead

Olympic champion in the 100m in 68, he was above all the first athlete under the bar of ten seconds: the American Jim Hines, whose career was as meteoric as his straight line in Mexico City, died on Saturday at the age of 76. , announced World Athletics. He will forever be the first. The first to have crossed this symbolic bar of ten seconds, running the 100m in 9 sec 95 at the Mexico City Olympics in 1968, a record that stood for 15 years. In the Mexican capital, only the podium of the 200m or so is remembered, when Americans Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their gloved fists during the American anthem to protest against racial discrimination in the United States. But the 100m also went down in history by dedicating Hines. Shortly after the Games, and when he was only 22, Hines abandoned athletics to embark on American football without much success, signing with the Miami Dolphins and then the Kansas City Chiefs.

On October 14, 1968 in Mexico City, Jim Hines won the gold medal in the 100 meters in a time of 9’95, his record would last 15 years. AFP


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