A few months later, at the Olympics themselves, Hines — a black athlete — found himself in a tense situation, with racial riots going on in his home country and a threat of a boycott by the black athletes of the US team who were disturbed by the controversial admittance of apartheid South Africa to the games and revelations linking the head of the IOC, Avery Brundage to a racist and anti-semitic country club. Hines reached the 100 m final, and won it. There was some controversy over his exact time, but eventually his time of 9.95 was recognised as a new world record (electronically timed and therefore considered quicker than his 9.9). The race was also significant for being the first all-black final in Olympic history. Hines helped break another World Record when he and his teammates sprinted to the 4 x 100 m relay gold at the same Games.
After these successes, Hines was a 6th round pick in the 1968 NFL draft by the Miami Dolphins, an American football team. Unfortunately, Hines did not have the football skills to match his speed and spent the '68 season on the taxi (practice) squad. He appeared in 10 games with Miami in 1969 catching just two passes for 23 yards, rushed the ball one time for seven yards and returned one kickoff for 22 yards. Hines then appeared in one game with the Kansas City Chiefs in 1970. He never played pro football again. For years he worked with inner-city youth in Houston, as well as on oil rigs outside the city.
Hines' world record remained unbeaten for an exceptionally long time, until Calvin Smith ran 9.93 in 1983.
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