It may have taken almost 29 years, but today the IAAF has officially ratified the World Records for the womenâ€™s 100M and 200M, making the new World Record Holders American Carmelita Jeter and Dutchwoman Dafne Schippers respectively. Reading from an official statement at a press conference held at the IAAF headquarters in Monte Carlo, Monaco, IAAF President Sebastian Coe said:
â€śAfter much consideration the IAAF finally decided to nullify the previous records held by Florence Griffith-Joyner due to her questionable times which seemed to defy human logic and her decision to retire early after her Olympic triumph. I am quite positive that if we had the same methods of drug-testing today that we had back in 1988, Flo-Jo would have been stripped of her Olympic titles and World Records the same way that Ben Johnson was. But you know how the old saying goes: â€śBetter late than never.â€ť "
â€śI sincerely hope that both Ms. Jeter and Ms. Schippers who are now officially the new World Record Holders can find it somewhere in their hearts to forgive us for taking so long to finally ratify their records. Especially Ms. Jeter whose record was set way back in 2009. At least Ms. Schippers can still say that in her case it only took a little less than two years. Unfortunately for her though, there will still always be doubts about the legitimacy of her record due to the fact that she is white. But at least in her case she can still draw solace from the fact that she is not Russian.â€ť