Beyond the wind, this is still a respectable result even today. The current world record, 10"49, was in fact set by the American Florence Griffith-Joyner in 1988, which still holds. The hundred metres are only the first stage of a historic 3 time record: the day after Wilma Rudolph wins the final of the 200 meters
with a time of 24 "flat (she had set the Olympic record of 23 "2 already on heat).
Wilma then wins the gold medal in the 4x100 in a torrid September 7 (the temperature exceeded 40 ° C), having won the world record in the semifinals with the time of 44 "4. These three victories have an important meaning for the young athlete because they allow her to pay homage to the four gold medals with which the black Jesse Owens, her greatest inspiration, had humiliated Adolf Hitler during the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
Wilma Rudolph was simply of a separate category
Wins aside, Wilma Rudolph became the favourite of the press and spectators of the Rome Olympics: proof of this are the many nicknames with which she became known, from the fastest woman in the world of so much international press to the already mentioned black gazelle in Italian newspapers, or the black pearl of the French ones. There are even rumours of a possible love story with Livio Berruti, winner of the two hundred metres for men in the same edition of the Games and holder of the world record for distance, because of the long walks that they made hand in hand inside the Olympic village.