The American athlete Jim Hines, the first who managed to cover the 100 meters in less than 10 seconds, died on Saturday at the age of 76, as announced Sunday by the publication Athletics Weekly.

Hines made a name for himself in the history of athletics on October 14, 1968, during the Olympic Games in Mexico, where he won two gold medals. That day the sprinter became the first man to go under 10 seconds in the hectometer test, during the Olympic final, with a time of 9.95 seconds.

A world record that remained in force for almost 15 years, until the also American Calvin Smith established on July 3, 1983 a new universal record with a time of 9.93 seconds.

Jim Hines, who also won the victory in the Mexico Games in the 4x100 event, ended his athletic career just a couple of weeks after the conclusion of the Olympic event to make the leap to American football, after signing for the Miami Dolphins, NFL team.

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