10.11s – The Rocky IV of Sprinting

Allan Wells wins at Moscow

Allan Wipper Wells MBE (born 3 May 1952) is our final Scottish sprinter to feature on Genuine Pace, for now anyway, and is still Scottish record holder. He became the 100 metres Olympic champion at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow famous for having been being boycotted by the Americans at the height of the Cold War. He later scooped the silver medal in the 200m (20.21s).

Following the Moscow Olympics, there was some suggestion that Wells’s gold medal had been devalued by the boycott of the games. Wells accepted an invitation to take on the best USA sprinters of the day, among others, at a track meeting in Koblenz in Germany. Less than two weeks after the Moscow gold, Wells (10.19) won the final that included Americans[2] Stanley Floyd (10.21), Mel Lattany (10.25), Carl Lewis (10.30) and Harvey Glance (10.31). At the end of 1980, Wells was awarded Scottish sports personality of the year.

His wife Dr Margot also a former sprinter now runs the successful sprinting school Wellfast having trained athletes from a range of sports and some of whom will make it on the Genuine Pace leaderboard at a later date.


His gold medal winning time was 10.25s, the same as his rival Silvio Leonard of Cuba who he dipped by just 3 inches at the line. He had qualified for the final with a British record 10.11s, and became the oldest Olympic 100m champion at that time at the age of 28 years 83 days. He remains the last white male athlete to win the Olympic 100 metres title.

He was pretty on the speedball too..

More here as part of a fly on the wall documentary..



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