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100-METER FINALS // FLASHES OF EXCITEMENT

USA's Gail Devers, right, gets the nod over Jamaica's Merlene Ottey at the finish of the women's 100-meter final. Devers won in 10.94 to successfully defend her title.

Gail Devers, left, and Gwen Torrance, both of the United States, celebrate after finishing gold-bronze in the 100 meters.

The Swatch Timing photo finish of the men's 100-meter final shows Canada's Donovan Bailey ahead of the field and setting the world record at 9.84 seconds.

Britain's Linford Christie shrugs to his fans after being disqualified from the men's 100-meter final for a double false start.

Evolution of 100 meter world record

COUNTRY TIME NAME DATE

U.S. 10.6 Donald Lippincott July 6, 1912

U.S. 10.4 Charles Paddock April 12, 1921

Can. 10.3 Percy Williams Aug. 9, 1930

U.S. 10.2 Jesse Owens June 20, 1936

U.S. 10.1 Willie Williams Aug. 3, 1956

W. Ger. 10.0 Armin Hary June 21, 1960

U.S. 9.95 Jim Hines Oct. 14, 1968

U.S. 9.93 Calvin Smith July 3, 1983

U.S. 9.92 Carl Lewis Sept. 24, 1988

U.S. 9.90 Leroy Burrell June 14, 1991

U.S. 9.86 Lewis Aug. 25, 1991

U.S. 9.85 Burrell July 6, 1994

Can. 9.84 Donovan Bailey July 27, 1996

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