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|Subject: ||RE: Ben Johnson and Carl Lewis in 1988: How Big a Deal was the Race?|
I was only 10, but I do remember this race.
Johnson just blew away the field, and he made it look so easy. Wasn't he letting up at the finish, or have his hand raised?
The other thing that sticks out in my mind was the announcer:
NINE-SEVEN-NINE!!! Johnson's time destroyed the previous world record. With Johnson's DQ, Lewis' "second place" time of 9.92 became the new world record. It took well more than a decade for sprinters to reach Johnson's juiced time of 9.79 (Mo Green did it in June '99).
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