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28 Nov
The Fastest Man in the World?

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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Thu, 28 Nov 96 12:03:11 -0800
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Subject: The Fastest Man in the World?

Forwarded-by: Keith Bostic <>
Forwarded-by: Terry Labach <terry>
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Who was faster by this new criterion at Seoul in 1988?  U.S. runner Joe
DeLoach, clocking 19.75 in the 200 metres (9.87 twice), compared with the
paltry 9.92 of teammate Carl Lewis in the 100 metres.  Strange that no one
was waving DeLoach's flag then for fastest man in the world.

 -- Jeremy Gilbert, pointing out the changing standards of U.S. commentators
    who are now calling U.S. sprinter Michael Johnson the "fastest man in
    the world" after his 200-metre win in the 1996 Summer Olympics.
    (Until a non-American, Canada's Donovan Bailey, dared to win the men's
    100-metre sprint at the 1996 Olympics, U.S. commentators had referred
    to the winner of THAT event as the "fastest man in the world".  [ed.])

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