This 100m has been asking questions for a week and no one can believe Alex Wilson's time last Sunday at Marietta in the United States, this 9′′84 which should be a European record if he does not. wasn't surrounded by so many doubts.
His time, like his equally stunning 19''89 over 200m, was wiped off the shelves by World Athletics, the International Federation.
A more than symbolic gesture while waiting for an improbable homologation of the stopwatch which nobody believes.
Even if European Athletics, the European body, confirmed that it had launched the procedure and that it could take weeks ...
Alex Wilson admitted to the Swiss press that he himself had doubts about his performance.
He had no reference other than 10 ″ 38 over 100m.
And he asks himself, like everyone else, questions.
False start ?
Failure of the timing system, wind measurement?
Despite everything expected in Japan for the Games
A first video circulated on the Internet the days following the meeting but this one, of too poor quality, was unfortunately unable to provide an answer.
A second recording, posted this time on Twitter by Laurent Meuwly, an athletics trainer, shows that the runner has not yet crossed the finish line after 9 ″ 84.
Ok… now we are getting closer to the reality…
This is a video of the “9.84” race.
I am not judging the reaction time…
I take the first movement -0.12 and I get… ca.
If I assume the 2nd of the race had really 11.09 then Alex ran 10.3 at the best!
- Laurent Meuwly (@LaurentMeuwly) July 20, 2021
Either way, Alex Wilson is on his way to Tokyo and the Games.
In a few days, he will participate in the Olympic athletics events.
Its presence is confirmed on the 200 m, but remains hypothetical on the lower distance.
For the moment, the European record remains jointly held by the French Jimmy Vicaut and the Portuguese Francis Obikwelu at 9 ″ 86.