Lematair First Caucasian Under 10 Seconds

Sprinter wins 100 meters in 9.98 seconds to claim French national championship.

Christophe Lematair, a 20-year old French sprinter running the 100 meters in his country’s national championships, became the first caucasian in history to break sprinting’s sacred 10-second barrier with a 9.98-second clocking on Friday night.

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“This was my goal to break it of course,” Lematair said. “One has to run under 10sec in order to be part of the world’s best. I will be recognised as the first white man to run it, but today is mainly historical for myself!”

Lematair’s time is the fastest run by a European this season, just ahead of Great Britain’s Dwain Chambers, who ran 9.99 last month in Bergen.

For more: IAAF.org

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