FloJo sets 100 record at 1988 Olympic Trials
July 16, 1988 - At the beginning of the day, the 100-meter world record of 10.76 seconds belonged to Evelyn Ashford. But at the Olympic Trials in Indianapolis, Florence Griffith Joyner shocked the track-and-field community in the quarterfinal heat of the 100 meters.
In her first heat, Joyner, known better as a 200-meter sprinter, opened with a blistering 10.60, but because it was wind-aided, it didn't count as a record. Then came the incredible -- 10.49 seconds.
Dressed in a purple "one-legger" with a turquoise bikini brief, she took a huge lead after the first 50 meters. While people have debated over the 0.0 wind gauge reading (the winds were gusting that day), her record still stands atop the record book.
Joyner later finished off the competition by running a 10.70 in the semifinals and 10.61 in the final. These were the third- and second-best times ever run.
In "Athletics 2000," which is the guide book for the Association of Track & Field Statisticians, published by the IAAF, it says about Joyner's 10.49 race on page 299: "Probably, strongly wind-assisted, but recognized as a U.S. and world record."
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