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Evelyn Ashford

The Fastest Doubleheader Ever

Ashford isn't the fastest starter, but …she caught a good one. Then she just tore on down the track. "I wasn't thinking about anything; I just ran," she said. "I didn't seem to wake up until the last 20 meters. When I crossed the line, I thought, 'That was nothing special. Maybe 11.1'." Her "nothing special" was 10.79, a world record. Her wind was a legal .56 mps. When she heard the time, she collapsed. "I'm stunned," she said. "Just stunned… stunned."

Source: Moore, Kenny. Sports Illustrated (July 11, 1983): 28.

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