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NEW YORK: China’s Su Bingtian (right in picture) became the first Asian man to run the 100-metre race in less than 10 seconds.
Su clocked 9.99 seconds at the Diamond League at Eugene in Oregon. The Chinese speed master also broke the national record.
The race was won by Tyson Gay of the US with 9.88 seconds.
Jim Hines of the US was the world’s first athlete to run the 100-metre race under 10 seconds in 1968. He clocked in 9.9 seconds at Sacramento in June 1968.
Usain Bolt of Jamaica holds the 100-metre world record of 9.572 seconds, set up in Berlin in August 2009.
The Indian national record for 100 metres is held by Anil Kumar who ran the race in 10.30 seconds in 2005. This shows how much India lags in athletics because western athletes used to run the 100-metre race in 10.30 seconds in the 1930s and 40s.