The fastest white man in history.
July 28, 2010 6:00 AM Subscribe
The first European who is not of African descent to run 100 metres in less than 10 seconds.
posted by three blind mice (103 comments total)
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When Christophe Lemaître ran 9.98sec
at the French national championships this month, the headlines read:
First white man to break the 10-second barrier
"By running 100 metres in 9.98sec Friday 19-year old French sprinter Christophe Lemaître not only set a national record, he became the first person genetically of European origin to officially cover the distance in less than 10 seconds
Lemaître's achievement is indeed remarkable:
'Before today, there had been 446 legal sub-10-second performances in the men’s 100m; all of them achieved by 69 different sprinters of African-Caribbean descent and one of Aborigine descent. Lemaître has become the 62nd fastest athlete of all time with his performance of 9.98 at the French Championships.'
But the discussion of race has sparked controversy in France and elsewhere. Atlhetic blogs (one example
) have been filled with discussions of racism. Some pointing to a centre of gravity theory for dominance of black sprinters and white swimmers
Lemaître has distanced himself from the controversy
. "Talking about white sprinters, I find this absurd," he said. "This story is too much, I don't like it. I had a good race, I broke the record, but there is not much more to say. I did what I had to do, that's it."
FYI: The current 100m outdoor world record
is held by Usain Bolt - 9,58sec.
*There is some dissent. f you really want to get picky, Marian Woronin of Poland’s personal best was 9.992.