Much hubbub is being made of incoming quarterback Denard Robinson’s 100 meter dash time, a 10.44 according to the reports (HT: mgoblog). Always nice to see these metrics but of course track stars unleashed on the gridiron haven’t exactly set the football world ablaze.
The current world record in the 100m belongs to Usain Bolt, the 9.69 he ran this summer in Beijing. Robinson’s time would have been the world’s best back in the early 1920s, when the record was held by US runner Charlie Paddock. The 10.4 time bested fellow US athlete Jackson Scholz who put up a 10.6 in 1920.
If those names sound familiar, Paddock and Scholz were two of the high profile American athletes featured at the 1924 Paris Olympics in the 1981 epic Chariots of Fire, probably the best movie ever made.
Fans of the movie may be interested to know that the lead character, English sprinter Harold Abrahams, took the gold in the 100m in Paris with a time of 10.6.
Here’s the clip of the race from the movie. The Prince of Wales is the gent talking to the runners at the beginning, note the wager he makes with our man Paddock. (We lost).
If you’re wondering why the old man punches a hole in his hat, you should rent the movie.