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Jim Hines Breaks The 10 Second Barrier For 100m Gold - Mexico 1968 Olympics

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Published on Jun 19, 2013

Relive the historic moment the USA's Jim Hines broke the 10 second barrier in the men's 100m event at the Mexico 1968 Olympic Games.

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When he watched Bob Hayes' stellar performance at the Tokyo 1964 Games, Jim Hines got inspired to repeat his idol's feat four years later, at the Mexico Games. And the 1968 Olympics were a great stage to do so. For the first time in Olympic history, an electronic chronometer was used alongside the traditional manual timekeepers.

As Hines left the blocks in the men's 100 metres final, he started behind some of his fellow competitors who were known as better starters. Between the 50 to 60 metres mark of the race, he took the lead not to let go of it until the finish line. The American had just set a new Olympic record, waiting only for the official confirmation.

Though originally clocked manually at 9.9s, it was later confirmed through the new electronic system as 9.95s. Jim Hines was now not only the "fastest man on earth" but also the first one to break the 10 seconds barrier at the Olympic Games.

Find more about the Mexico 1968 Olympic Games: http://www.olympic.org/mexico-1968-su...

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