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HAYES Robert (1942 - 2002) United States / Track and field
Nicknamed the duck because of the strange way he ran like a duck, Bob Hayes was the first sprinter at the games to run 100 metres in 10 seconds. That was in Tokyo in 1964. Unfortunately for him, the record was not confirmed.He refused to run the 200 metres but took part in the victory of the American team and their World record in the 4 x 100metre relay. His last race was stunning. He was credited with a manually-measured 8.5 seconds, albeit with a running start. Twice Olympic champion he gave up his career in athletics to become a professional footballer. It should be said that after 48 victories in a row, he had nothing more to prove on the track.At the end of his footballing career he succumbed to drugs and alcohol and was imprisoned before going on drug rehabilitation.
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