The Crotchet’s Corner

My perspective about all things inconsequential

Bolt of lightning

I went online last evening to check who had won the 100 metres race at the World Track and Field Championship in Berlin.

It came as no surprise that Usain Bolt had won. What staggered me was the timing – 9.58 seconds.

 Usain Bolt world record

And, when watching videos of the race, it was apparent that the Jamaican still had plenty in reserve at the end of it all.

A time of 9.84 seconds (Asafa Powell) for the 100 metres dash would usually be considered to be a phenomenal achievement. When someone does it in 9.71 seconds (Tyson Gay), you would say that it is fantastic.

But, 9.58? That’s absolutely mind-boggling.

The 100 metres final was expected to be a contest between three men – the American, Tyson Gay, who won the gold at the previous edition, and the two Jamaicans – Bolt and Powell.

Bolt destroyed the field, and it was a no-contest.

All that remained, in less than ten seconds, was the decider between who would take silver and bronze.

Reading that the Jamaican thinks he can do it in 9.4 seconds left just one thought in the mind – that this would not come as a surprise.

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August 17, 2009 - Posted by | About this and that, Other Sport | , , , , , ,

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