Sport: Dashers

Because 100 yards happens to be about the longest distance that a conditioned athlete can run in a single burst of full speed, it has long been the most important yardstick in U. S. track sports. European sprinters dash 100 metres (109.39 yds.). Successive generations of runners have succeeded, by study as well as sinew, in whittling down the yardstick infinitesimally. In 1906 the world's record for 100 yards was set at 9.6 sec. Last May Eddie Tolan, short, spectacled Negro student in the University of Michigan, ran 100 yards in 9.5...

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