Sports, USA Olympic Trials

Perspective – Historical notes on the 100- and 200-meter sprints:

Are we faster than Jesse Owens was in 1936? Many track experts say improved track surfaces, better training and wind-resistant uniforms have resulted in faster times. File photo

• The 100- and 200-meter men's races have been featured in the modern Olympics since the inaugural 1896 games. The women's races were added in 1928.
John Carlos, 1968 Olympic 200-meter bronze medalist, told me that humans have not really run any faster than did Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.
In 1896 the winning men . . .

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