Reggie Jones of the United States equalled the world record for the 100-metre sprint of 9.9 seconds at an athletics meeting at boston University on Saturday (26 July).
Gv Start of 100 metres race, Jones in left hand track comes from behind comes from behind to win convincingly and runs off track (2 shots)
CU Jones speaking
Reggie Jones of the United States equalled the world record for the one hundred metre sprint of nine-point nine seconds at an athletics meeting at Boston University, in the United States, on Saturday. Jones, the Amateur Athletic Union two hundred and twenty-metre champion, won ahead of a strong field that included world one hundred yards co-record holder, Houston McTear. Here is a TVN report on the sensational race.
TRANSCRIPT: "After four false starts in the race, it is Jones in lane five getting off to that slow start, McTear is in lane four, Charlie Wells has the lead -- he's in lane three -- but about half-way through Jones comes up with a kick and at the wire Jones wins it. Wells is in second place, with a time of ten seconds flat, McTear in third place -- ten point one seconds. After the race Bubba Johnson asked Jones if the false starts had anything to do with his slow start."
JONES: "??? no, I mean everybody gotta make a mistake every now and then, I made one ... I even made a couple, I mean I been throwing a lotta races. But that's the way it goes."
JOHNSON: "A lot of people were saying let Crawford stay in, how would you feel about that?"
JONES: "I felt he should have stayed in. He's one of the best in the world. The best in the Olympic Games. He would have won it. But I mean you know, that's the show."
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This film includes a commentary of the race and interview with Jones, transcripts of which appear on the following page.
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Background: Reggie Jones of the United States equalled the world record for the 100-metre sprint of 9.9 seconds at an athletics meeting at boston University on Saturday (26 July).
Jones, the Amateur Athletic Union (U.S.) 220-metre champion, won ahead of Charlie Wells and world 100-yards co-record-holder Houston Mc Tear, who clocked 10 seconds and 10.1 seconds respectively.
The race began sensationally with four false starts in which Trinidad and Tobago contender, Hasely Crawford, was disqualified.
Jones began slowly and Wells took the lead early but Jones kicked back strongly at the finish to cross first.
Jones is the sixth man to equal the 100-metres mark, which has stood since 1968. James Hines of the U.S.A, has twice clocked 9.9 seconds. All the equal record-holders are Americans.