European champion A. Hary, of West Germany, became the fastest man in the world, June?
European champion A. Hary, of West Germany, became the fastest man in the world, June 21, when, at a seven-nation international athletics meeting in Zurich, he set a new 100 meres record in 10 seconds.
The 23-year-old German set the new record after having been timed in one heat at 9.9 secs., after protest from other runners, he was said to have made a false start and it was decided to run the heat again. The previous record for the distance - 10.1 secs. was held by five Americans - W. Williams, I. Murchison, L. King, R. Norton and C. Tidwell.
Hary, who was a late substitute for injured M. Germar, was credited with 10 secs., for 100 metres in Friedrichshafen in 1958, but later it was decided that his performance could not be ratified because of a slight slope on the track.
Warm, sunny weather with a weak breeze of only 0.6 meres per second - well below the permitted maximum - assisted the runners.