I'm sure everyone has seen the race by now, that was one of the most exhilarating runs I have ever seen.
I really would like to know what the time would have been had he floored it the entire 100 meters. 9.4x, 9.5x, or 9.69, who knows. To me, Bolt is a pure specimen of speed. He has better running mechanics than every 100 meter runner out there. The way he fully extends through the hip and his heel recovery are phenomenal. With the levers he has, he totally dominates the concept of the conservation of angular momentum as well.
If I were Bolt, I would have saved the celebration for after the finish because I would have been trying to put that record out of reach on the biggest stage in our sport. At the same time, I love the way he enjoyed every moment the camera was on him, from the time they walked out until his post-victory press conference.
I wonder how low he will take the record before it is all said and done.
Congratulations as well to the two youngsters of the final, who ran entire collegiate seasons and were still competent enough to pick up medals in, Richard Thompson and Walter Dix for their great performances.
On the other hand, your heart has to go out to Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell, both for two totally different reasons.
With Tyson, I know how it feels to compete on a high stage at well less than 100% health. I knew he would do well here dating back to his performances last season. It just wasn't meant to be this time.
For Asafa, he is one of the best sprinters ever, but he just couldn't get it done. I feel for him because all of these arm-chair quarterbacks are going to have their opinion of him and his performance, but they aren't out there dealing with all that stress along with the other things that come with being a high level athlete. I know he will come back strong.
9 months ago