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EARTH SHATTERING NEWS!
FRANK WYKOFF SETS A NEW WORLD RECORD
IN THE 100-YARD DASH

Wykoff Wins by yards in 9. 2-5 (9.4s) Seconds
Southern Pacific A.A.U. Meet at Occidental College

A.A.U. Clocks Wykoff as New World Record
But the International Track Federation Reluctant

Frank Wykoff at Finish line -- sets a new World Record in the 100 yard dash - 9.4s - Occidental College, May 10, 1930 - Record stood undefeated for 17 years.

May 10, 1930 --  100 yard dash
 AAU Track Meet - Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA

100 YARD DASH R E S U L T S:
May 10, 1930
1st: Frank C. Wykoff , USC
2nd: Les Hables, Stanford
3rd: Nate George, Whittier College
 Time: 9.2-5 (9.4s) seconds

Wykoff Clocked at 9 2-5 (9.4s) Seconds
 in the 100 yard dash
one-fifth of a second better than the World Record
held by Eddie Tolan Without Starting Blocks

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FRANK WYKOFF'S NEW WORLD RECORD
 MADE OFFICIAL NOVEMBER 18, 1930


Frank Wykoff establishes a new world record of 9 2.5s in the 100 yard dash on 5-10-30 at A.A.U. Championship meet
Although there were several races that Frank Wykoff beat the World Record official time in the 100 yard dash,  most of his accomplishments were ignored due to discrepancies of those holding the clock -- and Frank's time of 9.4 seconds after finishing the Centurion race at Occidental College on 5-10-30 did not get recognized immediately as an official new world record by the International Union -- however, one month later at Staggs Field in Chicago on June 7, 1930 , Frank Wykoff again broke the World Record in 9.4 seconds without "starting blocks at a NCAA championship event;" and it was at that time the A.A.U. again approached the International Union and on November 18, 1930, Frank Wykoff was awarded the Official World Record Title -- supplanting the 9.5 record granted to Eddie Tolan in 1929.
 

 

Note: The following information is copied from a portion of a newspaper column - Tribune Cap 6-10-30 (possibly from Des Moines, Iowa) Later World Record information from the Los Angeles Times article "Immortality in 9 seconds flat" -- article by Bob Oates regarding Ivory Crockett.

The following table gives an idea of how time has stood the assaults:

World Record - 100 yard dash

1870 F. C. Saportas 0:10.5s
1878 W. C. Wilmer 0:10.0s
1890  J. Owen, jr. 0:09.8s
1906 D. J. Kelly 0:09.6s
1929 Eddie Tolan 0:09.5s
1930 Frank Wykoff 0.09.4s

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1948 Mel Patton 0:09.3s
1962 Frank Budd 0:09.2s
1964 Bob Hays 0:09.1s
1974 Ivory Crockett 0:09.0s

 

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