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Don't blink; you'll miss the race - THE 100- AND 200-METER SPRINTS

A weekly report from Joey Blum of The Chronicle • [email protected]


January 9, 2020

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"Runners take your marks ... set ... !"

As a 20-year track official, I've had the privilege of watching the world's fastest humans from the best seat in the house at Hayward Field in Eugene. While far from a runner myself, these are my thoughts, experiences, reflections and descriptions of two of the most compelling events in sports.

American 100- and 200-meter sprinters have a long history of excellence. Wilma Rudolph, Jesse Owens, Bob Hayes, Carl Lewis, Marion Jones, Michael Johnson, Allyson Felix, Tommy Smith, John Carlos, Florence Griffith-Joyner, Justin Gatlin, Gael Devers, Michael Marsh, Wyomia Tyus, Joe DeLoach and Gwen T...

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