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Renaldo ("Skeets") Nehemiah (born March 24, 1959 in Newark, New Jersey), is an American athlete who dominated the 110 m hurdle event from 1978 until 1981. He was the world record holder and the first man to run the high hurdles in under 13 seconds. He was ranked number one in the world for four straight years.

Due to the U.S. boycott, he was unable to compete in the 1980 Olympic games, despite being the prohibitive favorite. In 1981 he set his outdoor world record of 12.93 for the 110m hurdles. This was the third time he had lowered the outdoor world record.

In 1982 Nehemiah worked out for several NFL teams, including the Pittsburgh Steelers and the San Francisco 49ers and ended up signing with the 49ers in a blaze of publicity and high expectations. During his three years as a wide receiver he caught 43 passes for 754 yards, a 17.5 average, and 4 touchdowns. Although he was part of the Super Bowl winning team in the 1984 season, he did not play a major role.

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