Written by Chris “Preach” Smith
*cues Damian Marley’s “Welcome To Jamrock”*
As I write this, Usain Bolt of Jamaica is the proud owner of a gold medal in what was supposed to be a monumental showdown in the 100 meter dash. Tyson Gay, his main rival and also a gold medal favorite apparently deleted that email, not even qualifying for the final by placing 5th in his semifinal heat. Bolt won and in the process broke his own world record. But what should put the entire world of track and field in a frenzy is this…
When Bolt realized how far ahead of the pack he was with 30 meters to go, he SLOWED DOWN. And still broke the record (which was 9.72) with a time of 9.69. His own teammate, Asafa Powell, himself a former world record holder, broke down like an ’89 Hyundai and placed fifth. The win is big because a) Bolt is only 21 years old, b) he’s a freak of nature running that fast at 6’5 and c) he’s poised to be the first man since Carl Lewis to possibly win gold in both the 100M and the 200M. Even Michael Johnson was awed & he’s no elephant.
I know every Jamaican in the world right now has lost their minds. Count me as one of them.