Olympic-museum.de has listed the world’s worst performances at the Olympics. These are athletes who did not drop out when they were down and out, but gritted their teeth and finished their event.
They include Raul Giraldo Mazorra Zamora of Cuba who in the 1952 Olympics clocked 31 seconds for the 200m. Heck, even my slowest ever time is better than that, notwithstanding the fact that he ran the event more than half a century ago. I mean, even during the first Olympics (1896), the men can already run about 12 seconds for the 100m.
Then there was Ralf Leberer of Germany who clocked 56.74 seconds for the 110m hurdles at the 2000 Olympiad. In an event where times below 14 seconds are expected, what more at Olympics level, he clocked a time more suited to a typical secondary school 400m event. This is not to say that Leberer is a substandard athlete. He regularly clocks world-class times, but on that particular day, he fell short of the finish line during his heat. Somehow, he managed to get up and cross the finish line.
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