Saturday, August 16, 2008

Usain 'Lightning" Bolt Wins 100-Meter Gold

Olympics Day 8 - Athletics

Beijing-Analysis. Bolt Made 9.69 World Record Look Easy!

The race left me speechless.


What is the adequate response to the 9.69 that Usain Bolt delivered? I guess that he is the greatest sprinter of all-time.

Who knows what the results would have been, if he had not started celebrating twelve meters out from the finish line.

He flew past his previous world record mark of 9.74.

In second, Richard Thompson of Trinidad and Tobago ran 9.89. Walter Dix the former Florida State champion was third in 9.91. Both runners ran the fastest times of their lives to hit the medal stand. Doc Patton was eighth in 10.03.

In predictable fashion, his countrymen Asafa Powell, was nowhere in sight at the end finishing fifth in 9.95. In the Prerace Jitters predictions, Powell was pegged for fourth place even though he carries a personal best of 9.76, and is the former world record holder.

Bolt set the bar extremely high on the second day of Olympic competition. His performance may very well go down as the single most impressive track performance of the games.

Unless, of course the Lightning Bolt has historic (read: world record) performance in the 200-meter finals.

By Jay Hicks

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