IT WAS FIFTY YEARS AGO TODAY–JUNE 20, 1968- THE NIGHT OF SPEED–JIM HINES FIRST TO BREAK 10 SECONDS IN 100 METERS

It was fifty years ago today June 20th, 1968- at the U.S. National Championships in Hughes Stadium- Sacramento, California- U.S. sprinter Jim Hines with a time of 9.9 became the first to break the 10 second barrier in the 100 meter dash. A few months later at the Summer Olympics in Mexico City Hines would win the gold medal with a 9.85 time- a new world record that would stand until 1983 when Calvin Smith would break the mark. Journalists dubbed June 20th, 1968 The Night of Speed.

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3 responses to “IT WAS FIFTY YEARS AGO TODAY–JUNE 20, 1968- THE NIGHT OF SPEED–JIM HINES FIRST TO BREAK 10 SECONDS IN 100 METERS

    • Someone making a list had him as one of the 10 worst players ever… you have to be able to catch the ball i guess.. it’s a wonder Al Davis didn’t draft him.

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