Usain Bolt vs. Bob Hayes?
In anticipation of the 100m this weekend there will be a lot of talk about Usain Bolt. Bolt is the world record holder in both the 100 and 200 meters. On a time basis he is clearly the fastest man ever.
However, I want you to watch Bob Hayes who ran 10.06 on a dirt track in 1964 at the Tokyo Olympics. The clip below shows him dominating from the inside lane. It was featured in the documentary film “Tokyo Olympiad” by the legendary Japanese director Kon Ichikawa.
Even more amazing is his anchor leg in the 4×100 relay. After the Olympics, Hayes played professional football with the Dallas Cowboys.
Modern tracks are probably 2-3% faster than the dirt and cinder tracks Hayes ran on. It is also tempting to think about what might have happened if Hayes had focused on track full time instead of playing football. He never ran a race after his early 20s.
So maybe “Bullet” Bob is still the world’s fastest human.
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