PZhelev wrote:Yes, Jim Hines was the first to break 10.00 barrier and he was a great athlete, sure, but let us not be obsessed by round numbers.
Or, to give an example: Usain Bolt never broke some round number margin, but he reduced the world record from 9.72 to 9.58. Is he as great as Jim Hines or not?
Of course we should be obsessed by round numbers. That's what makes it exciting. Hines will go down in history as a great athlete who broke a major barrier. This isn't a competition with Bolt. Leave it to someone here to make it such, though. But perhaps it's just the older folks who can appreciate performances from a time before Usain Bolt sprinted on the face of the Earth.
Bolt will go down in history as a great sprinter who re-defined what was possible in the events. If he breaks 19s in the 200m (or, say, 9.50 in the 100m), then he'll get the "barrier" prize, too.