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Lemaitre goes under 10-seconds!!
July 10, 2010Posted by on
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.