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07 Jul 2004
IOC News , museum-news-articles

Leroy Burrell - Ten years ago

Ten years ago to the day, 6 July 1994, on the track of the athletics meeting "Athletissima" in Lausanne, Leroy Burrell smashed the world 100m record by running 9’85’’. No-one has forgotten his frenzied lap of honour, nor the joy with which he exploded in front of 15,000 spectators.

Guest of Honour
The American is back in Lausanne as Guest of Honour at this 29th edition of Athletissima. He was at the Olympic Museum yesterday, patiently signing autographs.

He discovers the Olympic Museum
Leroy Burrell is now 37 years old and has retired from competition. Today, he is Head of Athletics at the University of Houston. He says that Lausanne is the most beautiful place in the world, but he had never visited the Olympic Museum before.

A wonderful memory
When asked how he feels about becoming "the world’s fastest man" in less than 10 seconds, he simply replies, "To tell you the truth, I knew, that evening, that I was going to run very fast, and that I was capable of breaking the world record. Lausanne remains a great memory for me and I am happy to be here, even if it is a bit strange not to be running."
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