Archive for August 6th, 2012
The always entertaining Jamaican Usain Bolt once again remanded the World that his is still the fastest man in the planet. Let it there be no doubt about it, the fastest sprinter in the world knew exactly when and how to delivered and with a blazing fast 9.63 in the 100-meter dash, Bolt proved that even if not on his fastest day ever, he is still the very best sprinter. With every long stride, the Jamaican athlete kept on pulling away from the rest of the pack, and he managed to cross the finish line waging his right index finger. He wanted all of those critics and detractors who had thought for a moment that Bolt was out of shape to be clear on this one thing: Bolt is as fast as you can get them.
Now, if you want to talk about recovery and about getting things tuned up at the right moment, well, this is certainly the paradigm of precision. Consider for a moment that by the 50-meter mark, Bolt was running sixth out of the 8 starters. He didn’t panic, there wasn’t enough time for that. All he did was open up the throttle a bit and let it all out. He was facing a field of top caliber athletes in the marquee race of the 2012 London Summer Olympics track and field. And by winning he joined the all-star legend Carl Lewis as the only other athlete to win two consecutive gold medals in the 100-meter dash.
Bolt was ecstatic about the win. He knew how much this one meant to him and how important it was for him to prove the world that he was just as fast as the rest, and then some. In a game filled with the speculation and the success of the swimmers, particularly the record breaking Micheal Phelps, Usain Bolt needed this one for himself and for the sake of track and field. “Means a lot, because a lot of people were doubting me. A lot of people were saying I wasn’t going to win, I didn’t look good. There was a lot of talk,” Bolt said in the press conference, with the gold medal around his neck. “It’s an even greater feeling to come out here and defend my title and show the world I’m still No. 1, I’m still the best.”
He kept on going for a victory lap. Running around with the Jamaican flag in his shoulders the popular sprinter kept on saluting first row fans, multiple high fives and even a small stop to kiss the track. The crowd in the stadiums were chanting his name and even a funky celebration with his fellow countryman and training partner and current world champion Yohan Blake, who won the silver medal. Blake came in second at 9.75 while the USA runner and 2004 Olympic Gold winner Justin Gatlin took in third at 9.79 for the bronze medal. Bolt had suffered a couple of minor injuries that had kept him from been the record-breaking gold medal winning machine that took Beijing by it’s feet. But after four years, he still proved he’s still got the Bolt and he’s got the thunder.