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Her Roman conquest

Updated: June 22, 2001, 8:29 AM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

Signature Race Sept. 2, 1960 - Wilma Rudolph was one cool competitor at the Olympics in Rome. Before her semifinal heat in the 100 meters, she actually fell asleep. Then she tied the world record of 11.3 seconds.

In today's final, Rudolph got off to a relatively good start. "I came out second or third in the field, and my speed started increasing the farther I went," she said. "When I reached 50 meters, I saw that I had them all, and I was just beginning to turn it on. By 70 meters, I knew ...

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