The greatest athletic performance of all?

You don’t have to speak to German to know what the commentator’s saying here. I was in the car, and when the BBC guy on the radio shouted ‘Nine point five…’  my eyes welled up as they do when sport really takes you by surprise. Can anything compare with knocking 0.11 off a record that has slowly come down in hundredths?

16 Responses to “The greatest athletic performance of all?”

  1. 1 Bob in Queensland
    August 17, 2009 at 13:48

    I know I’m a techie nerd, but…

    In the TV coverage we had down here in Aus, the wide shot of the race clearly shows they also had one of those cameras on a rail, supposedly keeping pace with the lead runners.

    Bold convincingly beat the mechanical camera as well!

  2. August 17, 2009 at 14:07

    Usain Bolt wasn’t a simple runner. He was a bullet. Anyone in the crowd who happened to yawn or sneeze at the start of the race could have missed to spectacular finish.

    So much energy and strength that shows what the human body is capable of!

  3. 3 Dinka Aliap Chawul.Kampala,Uganda
    August 17, 2009 at 14:48

    Congratulations!!!!!!…… Usain.U deserve my respects not because of what u done but of being a determined man.I salute you!!!

  4. 4 michael vandison
    August 17, 2009 at 15:10

    America need to welcome visitors.

  5. 5 Eileen in Virginia
    August 17, 2009 at 15:20

    That’s exhilarating! All power to his elbow and his knees!

  6. August 17, 2009 at 15:44

    Hi WHYSers!

    9:58 Seconds to di Worl’ (to the World!). LOL!

    We are still basking in the pride and near disbelief of the moment, here in Jamaica! My Messengers, Face Book, Twitter and Gmail accounts all have ‘9.58 to di worl’ (to the world!). Usain reportedly mouthed to his training partner Daniel Bailey of Antigua and Barbuda, at the end of the Semis: “It nah go normal inna di Finals!” (It’s not going to be normal (read beyond expectations!) when the Finals come!). If he did, in fac, say that – I missed the moment, then he was right! Unbelievable!

  7. 7 Peter In Jamaica
    August 17, 2009 at 16:20

    The guys the real deal, a natural. Although i think he can run even faster cause he still eased up a bit at the line. If he didn’t i think it would have been a 9.55. In truth if you look back at the Olympics, i think that he would have made this time back then if he didn’t slow down the way he did at the end of that race.

  8. 8 anu_D
    August 17, 2009 at 16:23

    I was looking up the 100m world record history and it’s fallen from 10.7 in 1920s to 10.25ish in early 70s to 9.58 now….as the evolving human species keeps pushing the barrier of phsyical endurances.

    an astounding feat by Bolt and aan amazing clock defying run for this era…..it’s amongst the top atheletic feats of this era, but by no means the greatist performance of all times.

    In every athletic era ( which is between 1 to 2 decades) comes a unbelievable record shattering marked improvement of human performance in sports and atheletics.

    Bolt has already reserved a place for hismelf as one of the greatest athletes….one of the handful men who marked an era.

    a_D in Kuwait

  9. 9 Joan Belfon
    August 17, 2009 at 16:37

    I salute not only talent but determination and Confidence! Not just Usain Bolt but the Caribbean. Has anyone noticed that over the past five years the Caribbean athletes have dominated the track line-up at all major world games? The Caribbean is literally running against itself…I’m so proud…hopefully we’ll begin to be a force to be reckoned with in other areas. Nuff respect to Usain, Asafa, and the other Caribbean athletes!

  10. 10 T
    August 17, 2009 at 18:08

    This is an endless thread. Without sounding nationalistic, there are many other examples:

    The U.S. beating the Russians in hockey at the Olympics.
    Jesse Owens at the Olympics in 1936.

    Just two examples….

  11. 11 AYO
    August 17, 2009 at 19:00

    He definately bolted to the finish line like lightening. The guy though,he keeps looking at his opponents to see if they are catching up with him. I honestly believe he could run faster because in beijing, he slowed down when he realized that no one was really behind him. the only reason he kept runing this time was because he thought Tyson Gay was catching up to him. the guy himself said he doesnt come there to break world records. He just comes to overtake his competition. Meaning, if he saw himself as competition he could go less than 8 secs perhaps. nice guy and very friendly. more yams to his legs.

  12. 12 Deryck/Trinidad
    August 18, 2009 at 02:57

    Unequivocally the greatest performance of all time although I never thought anyone would beat Michael Johnson’s performance in the 200 at Atlanta in 1996.

    Suddenly I’m inspired to go out and sprint, now that’s inspiration.

  13. 13 Dennis Junior
    August 18, 2009 at 04:04

    This was the greatest athletic performance at all time currently…

    =Dennis Junior=

  14. 14 cinnamon
    August 18, 2009 at 10:42

    I remember just before the olympics where Bolt broke a world record, the BBC was interviewing Jamaicans about the 100m race and the competition Bolt and Asafa faced and one women said something like ‘what competition? as far as Jamaica is concerned its a Jamaican affair – Bolt and Asafa. There is no competition’. It definately was a Jamaican affair again and there was no competition!!

    I salute Bolt, he was a bolt of lightening in that race. Definately one of the greatest athletic performances i have ever seen. He doesn’t brag about doing things he just does his thing and we all brag for him – now that is greatness.

    Congratulations to Bolt and Jamaica- a job well done.

  15. 15 Joan Belfon
    August 18, 2009 at 19:27

    Let’s not forget the women…Congratulations to Shelley Ann Fraser.A decisive win in the 100m. Proving that her success at the Olympics was not just a fluke. As a Trini living in Jamaica I have to congratulate as well the Trnindadians who despite not winning are all making it to the finals. I hope these atheletes that are experiencing such wonderful success stay grounded; this is extremely important if they are to continue to do well.


  16. 16 Deryck/Trinidad
    August 20, 2009 at 21:58

    19.19s!!!. Usain Bolt needs to be tested for alien DNA. It is unfair that he competes against humans.


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