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Jim Hines 
 
Full name: James Ray "Jim" Hines 
Gender: Male 
Height: 6'0" (183 cm) 
Weight: 179 lbs (81 kg) 
Born: September 10, 1946 in Dumas, Arkansas, United States 
Affiliations: Houston Striders 
Country: USA United States  
 
Personal Bests: 100 9.95 (1968); 220y 20.71 (1967). 
 
Born in Dumas, Arkansas, Hines was raised in Oakland, California and graduated from McClymonds High School in 1964. He was a baseball player in his younger years, until he was spotted by a track coach as a running talent and became a sprinter. At the 1968 US national championships in Sacramento, California, Hines became the first man to break the ten second barrier in the 100 meter race, setting 9.9 (manual timing), with a real time of 10.03 - two other athletes, Ronnie Ray Smith behind him (real time 10.13) and Charles Greene on the other semi-final (real time 10.09) having got the same official clocking . Hines attended Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas. He was a member of the Texas Southern University Tigers track team. 
 
A few months later, at the Olympics themselves, Hines a black athlete found himself in a tense situation, with racial riots going on in his home country and a threat of a boycott by the black athletes of the US team who were disturbed by the controversial admittance of apartheid South Africa to the games and revelations linking the head of the IOC, Avery Brundage to a racist and anti-semitic country club. Hines reached the 100 m final, and won it. There was some controversy over his exact time, but eventually his time of 9.95 was recognised as a new world record (electronically timed and therefore considered quicker than his 9.9). Hines helped break another World Record when he and his teammates sprinted to the 4 x 100 m relay gold at the same Games. 
 
After these successes, Hines was a 6th round pick in the 1968 NFL draft by the Miami Dolphins, an American football team. Unfortunately, Hines did not have the football skills to match his speed and spent the '68 season on the taxi (practice) squad. He appeared in 10 games with Miami in 1969 catching just two passes for 23 yards, rushed the ball one time for seven yards and returned one kickoff for 22 yards. Hines then appeared in one game with the Kansas City Chiefs in 1970. He never played pro football again. For years he worked with inner-city youth in Houston, as well as on oil rigs outside the city. 
 
Hines' world record remained unbeaten for an exceptionally long time, until Calvin Smith ran 9.93 in 1983. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jimmy ready for another gold: 4x100, he is in third position now, behind Cuba and East Germany
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jimmy beaten by Charlie Greeen before Mexico City Olympics Games  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jimmy in full action at Mexico City Olympics Games
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jim Hines and Ronny Ray Smith during a heat 4x100 m Mexico City Olympics Games
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Still Jim Hines and Ronny Ray Mexico during a heat 4x100 m Mexico City Olympics Games
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jim Hines has just became the first human been who broke the 10 seconds on 100 m dash.  Mexico City Olympics Games
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jim at the arrive of  4x100 relay at Mexico City 1968 Olympic games (second from right).  202 is Enrique Figuerola from Cuba, second. On the left Roger Bambuck, from France third.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jim at the arrive of  4x100 relay at Mexico City 1968 Olympic games (second   is Enrique Figuerola from Cuba on the right).
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jimmy and another great legend: Tommie "Yet" Smith. 
 
Unknown who wons that race
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Still Jimmy and   Tommie "Yet" Smith. 
 
Unknown who wons that race
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jimmy won a race in Sacramento on 1968
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jimmy won his semifinal at Mexico City  1968 Olympic Games, 
 
second is Roger Bambuck and third Harry Jerome
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jimmy won his first heat  at Mexico City  1968 Olympic Games. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jimmy ready for another gold: 
 
cheasing Henrique Figuerola 
 
4x100, Mexico city 1968
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
First human been under 10 seconds on 100 meters
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jimmy (on the right of course, all 100 m dash finalists were black) some years later
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jimmy 40th years later
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jimmy 40th years later
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
First man  under ten second  40th years later