Initiating a new regular series drifting way down Memory Lane, let’s recall great Scot Alan Wells outleaning Cuban Silvio Leonard, one of a less than a handful sprinters to have dipped under 10 secs at the time, on the line to snatch the first British gold over 100m in the Olympics since legendary Harold Abrahams in Paris 1924, laying the ghost of 56 years without a title to rest.

The winning time did not strike so spectacular, 10.24 secs on a tailwind of 1.6m/sec, but Wells said afterwards that despite the wind reading on the gauge he felt like running into a headwind from lane eight, a notion that could be backed up by the fact that he had run an easy-looking UK record of 10.11 secs in the semifinals earlier on.

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