Sport: The Fastest Human

The track barriers that once seemed as formidable as the Great Wall of China are crumbling like castles in the sand. In a single season indoors, U.S. athletes have produced a 16-ft. pole vault, a 64-ft. shot-put, a sub-4-min. mile. Last week, as the trackmen started moving from indoor boards to outdoor cinders, Negro Sprinter Francis Joseph Budd, 22, prepared an assault on the sturdiest barrier of all: 9 sec. for the 100-yd. dash.

Marination by Mother. Budd has already run the 100 in 9.2, lowering the 9.3 mark set by Mel Patton in...

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