Jim Hines

USA

Fact titleFact data
Sport:
Athletics
Olympics:
1968 Mexico City
Medals:
2 gold in 100m (WR) & 4x100m relay (WR)

Jim Hines was part of a new generation of “power runners” that emerged in sprinting in the 1960s – athletes with huge muscles and the build of boxers.

Hines took the 1968 Mexico City Games by storm. Competing at over 7,000 feet above sea level, many athletes struggled to perform at high altitude but Jim Hines won the gold medal and made history by becoming the first man to run the 100m in under 10 seconds.