DQ world record race ranked among world's best by US journalist

November 10, 2016
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A senior track and field journalist has named a world record run by Jamaica's Don Quarrie as one of the best men's races he has ever seen.

Garry Hill, editor of the respected US publication TRACK AND FIELD NEWS, listed an epic 1975 victory by the Jamaican in an editorial carried in the November issue of the magazine. Quarrie edged American Steve Williams with both notching the record at 19.9 seconds.

The Quarrie-Williams clash is listed as the best 200 metre/220 yard race Hill has ever seen.

"Also at yards 220 of them as Don Quarrie and Steve Williams run in lock step in lanes six and seven at the 1975 AAU to both break the WR."

According to an account by Jimmy Carnegie, in his book DONALD QUARRIE - The Career of an Olympic Champion, the Jamaican had to overcome a deficit to win.

"Although Williams ran what DQ described as a beautiful curve, DQ stayed with him being only slightly behind him coming into the straight, then bent down and leaned forward when a few feet from the tape to gain the edge over Williams," Carnegie wrote.

The old mark was 20 seconds flat.

That was on June 7 in Eugene, Oregon. A few weeks later, Quarrie beat Williams twice to win the American Athletics Union (AAU) Track and Field Championships sprint double at the same venue.

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