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100 METERS, 100 YEARS--NO OTHER OLYMPIC RACE IS AS STORIED AS THIS SHORT RUN FOR LASTING FAME

So much to do, so little time. The 100-m dash is at once the shortest foot race in the Olympics, the longest running and the most fabled. It has belonged to Harold Abrahams, Jesse Owens, Bob Hayes, Carl Lewis, Wilma Rudolph and Flo-Jo, not to mention a man named Stella. Ever since Antwerp in 1920, when Charley Paddock gulped down a raw egg in a glass of sherry and defeated five rivals with a time of 10.8 sec., the winner has been declared "the world's fastest human." Basically, the race is 10 sec. that last a lifetime. Adding to its allure...

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