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Bob Hayes

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Inducted: 1976, athlete

Born: December 20, 1942 - Jacksonville, Florida
Deceased: September 18, 2002

100 yd. - 9.10
100 m - 10.06

Rumbling down a straightaway or outrunning a defense back, Bob Hayes was an awesome sight as a sprinter and football star. His claim to being the "world's fastest human" was solidified by his three national AAU titles, NCAA title (while a student at Florida A&M), and his three consecutive years as the world's top-ranked 100m runner. The first person to run 100 yards in 9.1 as well as the first to break 6.0 for 60 yards, Hayes also briefly held the world record of 20.5 for 200 meters. In 1964, he added the 100m record to his list, winning the Olympic championship by an unprecedented margin of seven feet. He was even more impressive in the 4x100m relay, where poor passing left the U.S. team in fifth place when anchorman Hayes took the baton. His performance, described by one writer as "one of the most awesome and breathtaking displays of sprinting ever seen," catapulted the U.S. team into a three-meter margin at the finish. The time of 39.0 set a world record. Hayes later became an outstanding wide receiver with the Dallas Cowboys pro football team.

Records Held
World Record: 100 m - 10.06 (October 15, 1964 - )
World Record: 400 m relay - 39.00

1964 Olympics: 100 m - 10.06 (1st)
1964 Olympics: 400 m relay - 39.00 (1st)

undergraduate: Florida A&M (Boca Raton, Florida), 1964

Pro football player

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