Fastest Sprinter you Ever Saw in Person


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Re: Fastest Sprinter you Ever Saw in Person

Postby MacArtParkSprinter » Mon Sep 20, 2010 7:03 pm

Hugh: I know it is kind of late to be replying to your comment of Oct. 8, 2005, about the track meet at UCLA in which Mel Patton ran 9.1 for the 100 yards. In about 1975, I was a student at UCLA and ran in the intramural track meet. A history professor I knew, whose name I do not recall right now, told me about that outstanding run by Mel Patton. He said it was 1948. As I recall, he said the track was remeasured and found to be one inch short of the 100 yards and that was why the record was disallowed. In fact, though, a sprinter at the end of a 9.1 hundred yards is doing every inch of real estate in about .00214 seconds, so the odds are Mel Patton would have that day run 100 yards exactly in 9.1 as well.
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Re: Fastest Sprinter you Ever Saw in Person

Postby Per Andersen » Mon Sep 20, 2010 10:05 pm

No, Hugh was right and the history professor was wrong. It was '49 and the 9.1 was wind assisted.

"then they waited for the wind to die down and Patton ran a legal 20.2 220 beating Owens record.
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Re: Fastest Sprinter you Ever Saw in Person

Postby no one » Tue Sep 21, 2010 8:42 am

"There was a handicapped runner who was a hunchback, who was all legs, like longer than four feet, and was doubled over with very bad posture not conducive to running fast."

MacArtParkSprinter ... do you recall the runner's name ... 30:00 in those days was not too bad.
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Re: Fastest Sprinter you Ever Saw in Person

Postby Bruce Kritzler » Wed Sep 22, 2010 2:21 pm

no one wrote:"There was a handicapped runner who was a hunchback, who was all legs, like longer than four feet, and was doubled over with very bad posture not conducive to running fast."
MacArtParkSprinter ... do you recall the runner's name ... 30:00 in those days was not too bad.


Suspect that was Tom Hoffman, Whitwoth State.
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Re: Fastest Sprinter you Ever Saw in Person

Postby GYM » Sun Jun 09, 2013 4:42 am

This is an old thread that could use some new life. I saw Usain Bolt on the 4x100 anchor at the 2012 London Olympics. This means that I also saw Gatlin, Gay and Blake in the same event. I go a ways back, having also seen Tommie Smith and Charlie Greene in 1966.
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Re: Fastest Sprinter you Ever Saw in Person

Postby KDFINE » Sun Jun 09, 2013 9:10 am

I saw Bob Hayes' 6.0 indoor WR at his Madison Square Garden debut in 1964. If I recall correctly it was also Charlie Greene's NYC debut. (Ron Clarke ran a 3M WR). At the other end I was at Icahn Stadium for Bolt's first WR. That's a pretty good spread of speed over time.
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Re: Fastest Sprinter you Ever Saw in Person

Postby runforlife » Tue Jun 11, 2013 1:28 pm

Guest wrote:the '81 Drake Relays, , but in lane #1 was Herschal Walker. I couldn't imagine stepping in front of that freight train and squatting to try and tackle the guy.

Yes, I was there that day and yes he was a VERY impressive sight bowling down the track.
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Re: Fastest Sprinter you Ever Saw in Person

Postby batonless relay » Mon Jun 17, 2013 5:52 am

Bolt fastest I've ever seen; Deloach fastest I've ever raced.
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Re: Fastest Sprinter you Ever Saw in Person

Postby huntinwr » Wed Jun 26, 2013 12:14 pm

Mel wrote:I watched Donovan Bailey run 9.91 standing right beside lane 8 in 1995, with Bruny Surin chasing him in 9.97. Being at trackside makes it look faster than it ever does from the stands or on television. Track suffers because television cannot convey the true ability of these athletes. The closest they have come is with the little roll-along cameras beside the track.

Yeah, I like the sense of speed you get from those little trackside cameras. My first "major" meet in person was the 1971 AAU in Eugene. Dr. Delano Meriwether won in 9.0hw
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Re: Fastest Sprinter you Ever Saw in Person

Postby James Fields » Thu Jul 11, 2013 12:20 pm

batonless relay was terse:
Bolt fastest I've ever seen; Deloach fastest I've ever raced.

I will follow that example:
Bolt fastest I've ever seen; LaBeach fastest I've ever raced.
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Re: Fastest Sprinter you Ever Saw in Person

Postby mrbowie » Sun Jul 14, 2013 5:19 pm

Uh, Usain Bolt...
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Re: Fastest Sprinter you Ever Saw in Person

Postby BillVol » Sun Jul 14, 2013 7:31 pm

Somewhere on the site is an account of a chance meeting b/t me and Stanley Floyd. Fastest I've seen in person.
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Re: Fastest Sprinter you Ever Saw in Person

Postby BillVol » Sun Jul 14, 2013 7:35 pm

Somewhere on the site is an account of a chance meeting b/t me and Stanley Floyd. Fastest I've seen in person.

Edit: Found it...


Postby BillVol » 21 Dec 2007 10:56

I posted this earlier, but seeing Stanley Floyd work out at Tom Black Track in Knoxville is the most amazing thing I've seen in person. I've seen a lot of athletic events in person and on TV, but for some reason this stands out.

I was at UT walking back from class to my dorm and usually went by TBT. As I got near the track, I saw Floyd with neon yellow spikes run a 100 m full speed. Or it appeared to be. To be walking from class and seeing usual things and then to out of nowhere see a world class sprinter go down the track was incredible. The neon spikes he had appeared to form circles as he ran, just like in the cartoons. I didn't know who it was at the time, until I asked, but I knew this was not an average athlete here.

I had to go up and ask who he was. He told me he was Stanley Floyd, and I knew he was courting our beautiful Tennessee track star Delisa Walton at the time. After asking him, he handed me his stopwatch and asked me to time him on 10 m starts. I was shaking like a leaf and really started to sweat when his 10 m starts were not under 2 seconds, as he was trying to do. I finally said, "I'm sorry; I'm sure I'm doing this wrong." He said, "No, you're not. I have some work to do."
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Re: Fastest Sprinter you Ever Saw in Person

Postby Terry » Mon Jul 15, 2013 9:58 am

I ran the 100 against Harvey Glance when we were both in high school. While in the lane next to him, I was even with him for about 10 steps until he kicked it in and beat me by at least that many... :(
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Re: Fastest Sprinter you Ever Saw in Person

Postby luther » Tue Jul 16, 2013 3:28 am

Fastest seen - Bolt.
Fastet raced against - Lincoln Asquith (EJC 1983, 10.32 pb).

Edit - the biggest early impressions of pure speed I ever got was Allan Wells' 2 GB records in 78. 10.29 and 10.15. Without googling, I believe they were only a week apart, and as a 14 year old I was awestruck.

Mel Lattany's 10.06 in a filthy rainstorm at Crystal Palace and Michael Johnson's 19.86 on a typical Embra night were also special.
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Re: Fastest Sprinter you Ever Saw in Person

Postby booond » Tue Jul 16, 2013 5:55 am

Seen - Maurice Greene walking through the Sherman Oaks Galleria. He didn't look fast then. :D
In same race (before the gun went off) - Dr. Delano Meriwether
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