Paul Nash (born 23 January 1947) is a South African sprinter who attended Michaelhouse school in Kwa-Zulu Natal.
Nash tied the existing 100m record 4 times in 1968, the most celebrated race was when equaled the existing world record of 10:00 on April 2nd, 1968, running on a cinder track at the Bob van Reenen Stadium in Krugersdorp.
Although he was officially ranked third behind Jim Hines of the United States, Nash was unable to compete in the event at the 1968 Mexico Olympics due to the international sports boycott. Hines won the event in a new record time of 9.95 seconds.
Nash recorded an unprecedented sprint double, in July 1968 when he clocked time of 10.0 seconds for the 100m sprint, and 20.1 seconds for the 200m sprint, less than an hour later.
Shortly thereafter, Nash suffered serious health problems, which put a sad and sudden end to his magnificent sporting career.
After graduating from the University of the Witwatersrand, Nash became an extremely successful businessman.
To put Nash’s achievements into context, his 100m record of 10.0 seconds stood until April 2014 when Simon Magakwe set a new South African record of 9.98 seconds.
The current 100m record dates back to 2009, when Usain Bolt recorded a time of 9.58 seconds.