Outside magazine, October 1994
If Leroy Burrell had business cards inscribed with the words "World's Fastest Man," would anyone argue? Burrell, who briefly held the world record for the 100-meter sprint four years ago, covered the equivalent of a football field plus a few feet in 9.85 seconds in Lausanne, Switzerland on July 7. The time eclipsed the three-year-old record of fellow American and Santa Monica Track Club teammate Carl Lewis by a mere one-hundredth of a second, but no doubt the 27-year-old Burrell found the feat especially satisfying: He no longer bears the burden of being called the "next Lewis." Given the fleeting nature of sprint records, however, Burrell did seem a little ambivalent. "Everyone thinks this [record] will be broken a few more times this year," he told reporters after the race. "I feel like I've been handed a hot piece of gold."