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The Last White 100 Meters Olympic Champion . . . and the Next?

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Allan Welles

The sprint events at the Olympics are dominated by runners of Western African origin, occasionally with small admixtures of White blood. This means that the events are usually won by Black American or Black Caribbean athletes, the most famous example being the great Jamaican runner Usain Bolt, who has now won both the 100m and 200m gold medals at the last three Olympics. This Black dominance gives the impression that White men can’t sprint, although this image was at least partly dented at Rio by the bronze medal won by the White French runner Christophe Lemaitre in 200m. 

The fact is that White men can do anything, including sprint events, but because Black men are less able to do so many other things, Whites are not overly encouraged to compete with them in those few areas where Blacks also excel. In a sense, certain sports have become de facto “safe spaces” for Black attainment. For this reason, there has been a tendency towards the “blackening” of these sports in recent decades, leading to a kind of sporting caste system. In modern multicultural Western states, like America and the UK, this serves as a means of high-profile racial inclusivism that has a distorting effect on the development of true merit and talent.

The case of Adam Gemeli, the UK sprinter that Lemaitre narrowly beat for the 200m, seems to indicate this. As an athlete of Persian and Moroccan descent, Gemeli is “near-White” and physically could pass as a Southern European. On the racial spectrum between Blacks and Whites, he is therefore relatively White in physical terms, while, in the context of British society, as a Muslim with a distinctly non-British appearance, he qualifies as an effective non-White.

Gemeli’s prominence in the UK sprint team therefore suggests two points: (1) that runners of effectively White physicality can compete in sprint events (a point made more eloquently by Lemaitre’s bronze), and (2) that being seen as non-White will enhance one’s chances of being developed as a sprinter in a multicultural Western state. A case could therefore be made that Gemeli is thus benefiting from the advantages of White physicality combined with non-White fast-tracking and support. The implication is that if Gemeli can do it (or almost do it) and if Lemaitre can do it, why isn’t the UK athletics establishment finding talented White British sprinters to do it as well?

The answer seems to be, because having non-Whites in prominent sporting positions serves the agenda of the modern multicultural state, with its problems of a unifying egalitarian ethic and a disuniting reality of unequal outcomes across a wide range of areas, both sporting and non-sporting. It is no coincidence that here in the UK we are currently being told yet again that Blacks face “entrenched racial inequality.”

But the propaganda that a success story like Bolt generates helps perpetuate the self-fulfilling prophecy that “White men can’t sprint.” Against such a legend, Whites therefore need to establish counter legends that remind young White athletes that, even in this most Black-dominated of sports, we can still compete. A promising subject for such a counter-mythos is the career of the last White 100m Olympic Champion, the Scotsman Allan Welles, who won the 100m gold and 200m silver at the 1980 Olympics in Moscow.

Originally trained as a jumper, Welles switched to sprinting in 1976, too late to make the Montreal Olympics of that year, but in plenty of time to qualify for Moscow, where he beat a field of four White and three non-White athletes to get gold in the 100m. In the final he narrowly beat the Black Cuban athlete Silvio Leonard in a photo finish and became the oldest 100m gold medalist at the age of 28. By the time of the 1984 Olympics, Welles was 32 and therefore too old to effectively defend his title. For comparison, Bolt is now bowing out of Olympic sprinting at the grand old age of 29.

Those touting Welles as a relatively recent example of the “great White sprinter” will always run into one difficultly — the US boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics, prompted by the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan the year before. But this is mitigated by two factors. First, the gold and silver medals in the previous Olympics had been won by a Trinidadian and a Jamaican, with a Soviet athlete third. None of these countries boycotted the Moscow Olympics. Secondly, Welles answered critics who cited the US boycott as a factor in his victory in the most direct way possible, and in a way worthy of a true legend, in what became known as “The Koblenz Showdown.”

Just two weeks after winning gold, and while his body was still recovering from his exertions in Moscow, Welles agreed to take on the top American sprinters of the day at a meeting in the West German city of Koblenz. The challengers included the two fastest Americans Stanley Floyd and Mel Lattany, as well as a young Carl Lewis, all three of whom were Black. Welles was putting his recently won Olympic reputation — and that of White sprinters — on the line, despite the toll gaining that reputation had taken on his body. In some ways this was an apparently foolish decision.

Welles recalled the event in a 2004 article in the Daily Telegraph:

To be honest, I should never have run because I was physically and mentally shattered. There were two heats in Koblenz and I only qualified for the final as eighth-slowest, or eighth-fastest depending on how you look at things. To this day, I still believe I didn’t make the final on merit; I reckon the organisers let me in only because I was the Olympic gold medallist. Before the final, I went round the back of the stadium with my wife, Margo, and lay down on a bench. After a few minutes, I noticed I was bouncing around all over the place and said to Margo, ‘Will you stop shaking the bench’. I lay back down again and the same thing happened; but when I looked up, Margo was standing to one side. I was the one doing the involuntary shaking because of the state I was in.

The main threat to Welles was Stanley Floyd, unbeaten in 100m for 18 months. The two had never raced before, but Wells, given his condition, was not optimistic.

Even during the warm-up, [Floyd] exuded arrogance — and a lot of people thought I was arrogant — but Floyd was full of himself, perhaps rightly so given his record. In my mind, I had no hope whatsoever of doing well but as I crossed the line he was two one-hundredths of a second behind — about eight inches — and I’d won the race. Floyd simply could not believe he’d been beaten and interrogated the chief timekeeper, the photo-finish official and the judges before accepting he was second. That race was something special to me; I’m convinced God was running for me — I’m a believer, though maybe not in the full sense of the words — and I still believe someone else was helping me; either God or the hopes of five million Scots.

The race finished with Welles winning in 10.19 — faster than his Olympic time of 10.25 — besting Floyd (10.21), Lattany (10.25), and Lewis (10.30). The Black athletes were suitably impressed.

To his credit, Lattany came straight over to me and said, ‘For what it’s worth, Allan, you’re the Olympic champion and you would have been the Olympic champion no matter who you ran against in Moscow. You deserve everything you’ve achieved this year’. And that possibly meant as much to me as my gold medal because nobody will ever appreciate how big a win that was for me. It didn’t matter what happened after that, I was the Olympic champion and I’d proved it in Koblenz.

The story of Allan Welles is not only a testament to White sporting talent and power in a sport where we are politely told to “step down” and allow a “safe space” to exist for Black sporting achievement, but also an epic tale in its own right, worthy of cinematic treatment.

My distant relative Eric Liddell is rightly famous for putting faith before Olympic glory and achieving both in the 1924 Olympic Games. He has an Oscar-winning movie Chariots of Fire celebrating his glory. The achievement of Allan Welles deserves similar acclaim. Only by celebrating our greatness will we achieve future greatness and see once again a White 100m Olympic champion. For the body to triumph the mind and the will must triumph first.



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  1. Realist
    Posted August 22, 2016 at 3:20 am | Permalink

    What sets human kind apart from all other animals is cognition not athletic ability.

  2. tech issue
    Posted August 22, 2016 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    The facebook recommend / share button covers the last sentence of the article. See screenshot:

    • Colin Liddell
      Posted August 22, 2016 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

      The obscured part reads, “…triumph first.”

  3. Sandy
    Posted August 22, 2016 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

    On the evening shift the other night my Chinese co-worker turned to my Japanese co-worker and exclaimed that the European counties were cheating because all their athletes were African.

    • cecilhenry
      Posted August 22, 2016 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

      He’s more right than he recognizes.

      Its the invasion and replacement of Whites by someone else pretending to represent them.

      IT really needs to stop.

      • Stronza
        Posted August 23, 2016 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

        You could say to liberals, “The big, powerful, evil white countries are cannibalizing the small, poor black countries’ best athletes, thereby giving them a higher medal count. To be in the Olympics, regardless of your citizenship, you should have to be from the ancestral people of the country you’re competing for!”

        Liberals being liberals, of course, they’ll screech and call you names.

  4. Frank C
    Posted August 22, 2016 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    For what it’s worth: Valery Borzov won the men’s 100 and 200 meter dash at the 1972 Olympics(which was non-boycotted ).

  5. Kevin D
    Posted August 22, 2016 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

    I tried googling Allan Welles, only for it to ask “did you mean Alan Welles,” some obscure real estate agent from Florida. It seems even Google is doing their job to make people forget this man.

  6. Aodhan
    Posted August 22, 2016 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    The success of sprinters of West African descent is not due to some kind of liberal boosterism. Of course white people can sprint. But at the extremes of ability, the margins between the best athletes shrink and statistical differences emerge. There are thousands and thousands of white sprinters who can reach 10 seconds or thereabouts. This counts for nothing when the WR is 9.58.

    But who actually says that “white men can’t sprint”? You’re not going to find someone on the BBC commentary team saying “and now the three Kenyans come in to final straight, utilising their hallmark racial characteristic of glute to TFL ratio activation as measured by EMG” or talking about the fast twitch muscle fibre density of the Caribbean sprinters. We’re not allowed to talk about that stuff. Either because they’re equalist nutjobs or it ruins the sense of striving and competition. Probably a bit of both.

    There are thousands of white athletes who dream of competing in the 100m at the highest level. Diffuse cultural discouragement and stereotypes do not explain their absence in the last 9 Olympic finals any more than white people thinking bad thoughts explains the relative lack of intellectual achievement among Aborigines.

    • Ray
      Posted August 23, 2016 at 1:43 am | Permalink

      Yeah I don’t know it seems in that second paragraph Liddell was giving the Left some of its own medicine.

    • Benjamin
      Posted August 24, 2016 at 9:37 am | Permalink

      Actually before one of the races at the London Olympics Gabby Logan presented a 15 minute segment on black dominance in the sprints on the BBC. She went into the biological basis briefly and spoke with some of the Jamaican runners who put their success down to both genetics and culture.

    Posted August 22, 2016 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    we must not forget PIETRO MENNEA world recordmen on 200 m. from 1979 to 1996- time 19.72 sec.

  8. Carlo
    Posted August 23, 2016 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    I agree with Aodhan. The most obvious conclusion is that black dominance among elite sprinters in recent decades is down to genetics. Why should WNs be bothered by that? The average person still believes that propaganda nonsense about Adolf Hitler walking off in a huff after seeing Jesse Owens win gold in 1936, and articles like this don’t help.

    And regarding google searches: the former British sprinter’s surname is spelled incorrectly in the article. The correct spelling is Allan Wells. In any case, I find Allan Wells the sprinter is the top search result regardless of whether I search for ‘Allan Welles’ or ‘Allan Wells’. It’s only when I get it very wrong and type in ‘Alan Welles’ that I get the obscure real estate agent as my top result. I don’t doubt the semitically correct anti-White motivations of google, but I’m not convinced they’ve gotten as far as ‘dealing’ with Alan Wells yet.

    However (and perhaps these sorts of random observations belong more in a Steve Sailer thread than a countercurrents thread) it does seem to me that black dominance in sprinting becomes less marked in the longer sprints, in the hurdles, and on the women’s side. See Irina Privalova, women’s 100m; Sally Pearson, women’s 100m hurdles; Liu Xiang, men’s 110m hurdles, Dafne Schippers, women’s 200m; Kostas Kenteris, men’s 200m; Jeremy Wariner, men’s 400m etc.

  9. dolph
    Posted August 24, 2016 at 4:05 am | Permalink

    Black muscular ability is real, and is most pronounced, though not exclusive, in sports which require fast sprinting and jumping.

    Still, there is nothing less important in the world than how fast you can run. Only in our media driven, entertainment obsessed world do we ascribe such huge importance to it.

    The black sprinters and football and basketball stars are exactly the messiahs we deserve.

  10. Dante Marotta
    Posted August 26, 2016 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    Kontantinos kenteris won 200m gold at the 2000 olympics 2001 worlds 2002 euros, he beat the best black sprinters until the scandal in 2004 ended his career.

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