Jim Hines

Jim Hines (actually James Ray Hines, born September 10, 1946 in Dumas, Arkansas ) is a former American sprinter and Olympic gold medalist. He held almost 15 years the world record in the 100 -meter run.


Hines was baseball player in his youth, until he was discovered by an athletics coach who built it a world-class sprinter. In the U.S. Track and Field Championships in Sacramento Hines was stopped with 9.9 seconds ( electronic timing: 10.03 s ) and thus broke through the first athlete in the history of the 10 -second mark. In the other semi, Charles Greene and Ronnie Ray Smith leveled this time.

The preparation of which take place in October 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City was overshadowed by the race riots in the United States. The black athletes of the U.S. National Team, including Hines, considering a boycott of the Games. Ultimately, it did not happen, and Hines qualified for the Olympic final in the 100 meters on 14 October 1968. He won the race before Jamaican Lennox Miller and his compatriot Charles Greene in the time of electronically stopped 9,95 s first there unclear whether this time represented an improvement of the world record. However, the World IAAF evaluated the 9.95 s as faster than the handgestoppten 9.9 s and recognized them as the new world record. Thus Hines was also the first runner who undercut the 10 -second mark under electronic timing. In the 4 x 100 - meter relay Hines ran along with Charles Greene, Mel Pender and Ronnie Ray Smith in 38.2 s for his second world record and won gold.

After the Olympics, Hines American football played with the Miami Dolphins in the National Football League ( NFL). He was drafted by the Dolphins in 1968 in the sixth round to 146 place. Hines came as a wide receiver for use. In 1970 he moved to the Kansas City Chiefs. After a game at the Chiefs, he finished his career.

His world record in the 100 meters held for almost 15 years. It was only on July 3, 1983, the American Calvin Smith improved the mark to 9.93 s