Sunday, June 1, 2008

Instant Analysis—Reebok Grand Prix!

The big winner at the Reebok Grand Prix: Usain Bolt. A false start coupled with rain and followed by being called out of the blocks by the starter were not enough to cool off this hot 100-meter race. It was a star performance by the young Jamaican sprinter setting a new World Record of 9.72!

Bolt captured lightening in a bottle by assembling perfection in New York. He set the tone with a fab start, then he flew during the mid-race and through the final stages when he broke the world record and grabbed a piece of history. In the process Bolt silenced his critics that have doubted the authenticity of his times and his lack of competing against big stars in the 100.

We’ll say again that this is a meet that would normally take place in Europe. Reebok and the meet director really did a nice job with this one.

Heading in to Bejing, Bolt is the odds on favorite, but don’t count out Tyson Gay who can only be happy with his 9.85. He ran just .01 off his personal best a month before the Olympic Trials. Keep in mind that the Olympics are more about running the rounds.

Sanya Richards got back to handling her business, running 50.04 in the 400. The Texas Ex ran a great time considering the inclement weather.

It was good to be queen for a day. Veronica Campbell-Brown dropped a bomb at 10.91 to claim the world leading time at 100-meters.

Everyone was looking for Terrence Trammell to get with Liu Xiang. But Liu Xiang pulled out of the race citing a sore hamstring. That change did not interrupt Trammell from putting down 13.11, a splendid time for just his second outing of the season.

Click here for the full meet results.

By Jay Hicks.

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