Bolt soars among Olympic legends

2008-08-22 00:00

Usain Bolt has bestowed upon Beijing the greatness sought by every Olympics. Despite the brilliance of Michael Phelps and the other exceptional performers in a wide range of activities, these Games belong to the lengthy Jamaican. Time seemed to stop as he streamed down the home straight in the 200 m sprint final. Even the second- and third-fastest men on earth could not get close to him. It was an extraordinary sight, one that belonged as much to the veld as the athletics track.

Now, Bolt has joined this group. Although he held the 100 m record, few realised the extent of his capabilities. The first hint came in the heats of the 100 m. Despite resembling a giraffe, Bolt lost nothing in the blocks and took the lead halfway. And then he coasted. Not that he exactly waved to friends in the stands or took down any phone numbers, but he was not going full pelt either. It was only a heat. Accordingly, a time of about 10,10 seconds was anticipated. And then the result flashed on the screen — 9,92. He had cantered to the line and still broken 10 seconds. What could he do flat out? publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

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