For those of you who are interested in track & field, it won’t be news to you to hear that Usain Bolt is, once again, the world champion and titled the world’s fastest man. Most people were cheering for Bolt to win, even though he wasn’t the favorite in the 100 meter race.
It was a great, close race with a lot of hype. Bolt, who was just coming back from injury and Gatlin, who was suspended from running for 4 years for doping in 2006 both had their naysayers and supporters.
Gatlin is hated by many fans because he has been caught cheating twice. But he was the heavy favorite, mostly because he has the fastest time of the year and hadn’t lost a race in about 2 years.
Bolt is loved by millions around the world. He is a showman: entertaining and enjoyable to watch on the track. He is a 6 time olympic gold medalist and an 11 time world champion. He is the greatest sprinter to ever live. He has been recovering from injury, and who doesn’t love a comeback story?
He won the 100 meter men’s final on August 23rd at the world championships in Beijing, China by only 1 one-hundredth of a second. The man who came in second, Justin Gatlin, led almost the entire race and was only passed by Bolt in the last few meters. Gatlin stumbled slightly and leaned forward near the end of the race and this, likely, allowed Bolt to overtake him.
In the 200, Bolt’s favorite race, Bolt led the entire way and blew the entire field out of the water. Regardless of the lack of competition, he is always exciting to watch.
In the 4x100 meter relay, there was a big buildup of excitement due to the Americans and Jamaicans both having strong teams and an equal chance of winning. The Americans were in the lead ¾ of the way through the race, when they fumbled the last handoff. Then Bolt flew past them and easily won the race. The Americans were later disqualified for a bad handoff.
I’m sure he put a lot of doubters to rest at this tournament with his triple gold performance. It should be a good battle next year in Rio. I await it with bated breath.
- hype (n) - a lot of publicity and promotion
- naysayers (n) - people who say negative things
- showman (n) - a person who is entertaining
- comeback (n) - winning after being behind
- one-hundredth of a second (n) - 0.01 seconds
- stumble (v) - to almost trip
- lean (v) - slant towards one direction
- blow something out of the water (v) - to win by a large margin
- buildup (n) - growing tension
- fumble (v) - to drop / mishandle
- doubter (n) - a person who doesn’t believe
- triple gold (n) - winning 3 gold medals
- Rio (n) - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- with bated breath (n) - waiting with enthusiasm