Men's 100m - A
ATHENS, 23 June 2009 - On Thursday, July 18, 1998,
when the 100m sprinter Ato Boldon from Trinidad and
Tobago, reached the finish line in 9.86 (- 0,4) -
just a breath away from the Canadian Donovan
Bayley’s 9.84 world record - during the first year
of the upgraded Athens Grand Prix Tsikitiria, not
even one of the 35.000 spectators in the Olympic
Stadium of Athens could possibly imagine that this
was only the beginning and that in the coming years
we would have many similar stories to narrate about
this particular Track and Fields event.
Furthermore, we should not forget one very important
detail: an Olympic golden medalist (Gatlin, 9.85 in
2004), a world champion (Green 9.86. in 1997) and a
Europe champion (Emmelmann 10.21 in 1982) all
achieved their records in the same stadium, running
across the same track and covering the exact same
distance, towards the same finish line.
In a few words, it comes as no surprise that, twice
in the past, a 100m. race world record has been
broken during the Tsiklitiria Grand Prix.
On June 16, 1999, at 20.51, in this very same
stadium, American Maurice Green became the world’s
fastest man, with a time of 9.79 seconds.
Six years later, on June 14 2005, the 'cyclone'
arrived from Jamaica: Asafa Powell covered the 100m
in 9.77, breaking the world record and adding his
name to the glorious history of the Tsiklitiria