Friday, August 22, 2008

Lightning Bolt Strikes Gold

Saturday, August 16 will forever be in the minds of many as one of the most phenomenal days in the history of athletics. Jamaica's Usain Bolt became the first Jamaican male sprinter to win an Olympic gold medal in the 100 metres sprint. Hours after he crowned himself the best sprinter of all time becoming the first man to go below 9.7 seconds, his coach Glen Mills says he believes the Trelawny native can run 9.5 seconds.
Running in lane thee under a canopy of blue skies and cheered on by 91,000 spectators, including his mother Jennifer, in China's Bird's Nest Stadium, Bolt exploded from the blocks, separated himself from the field by the 50-metre mark, before shutting down and celebrating with his arms out-stretched at the 80-metre mark to win in an incredible 9.69 seconds.Bolt's victory was even more impressive, given the fact that he had the second-to-last work reaction time at the start (.165) and he had no following wind (0.0 m/s).
Bolt, who became only the second Caribbean athlete to win the 100m gold after Trinidad & Tobago's Hasely Crawford in 1972, said he was proud to better the silver medals of Jamaican icons Herb McKenley (1952), Lennox Miller (1968) and Donald Quarrie (1976).

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