Lemaitre goes under 10-seconds!!

We had it coming. From 10.04, 10.03 and 10.02, Young Christophe Lemaitre finally broke the 10-second barrier.

In the history of the 100m dash, almost all of the sprinters who ran under that mystical barrier were athletes of West African descent – the only exceptions were Patrick Johnson (Irish, indigenous Australian) and Frankie Fredericks (Namibian).

Lemaitre ran a 9.98s to win the French Championships, setting a new European-leading time and breaking Ronald Pognon’s erstwhile 9.99s French record. He had a fine start, demolishing the second-placer by a good 1 1/2 stride at the tape.

Additional links:

European Athletics interview

IAAF article

European Athletics article

Photo Credits:

Universal Sports


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