The most spectacular event is the Olympics games is indisputably the 100m sprint which is a sight to behold for it truly reflects, man’s agility, his ability to speed ahead and his determination and grit to win against all odds.
It is really fascinating to see eight of the fastest humans of the world on a single track to win the great event in the world.
Perhaps when discussing sprints one should look back in history and not fail to mention one of the greatest athletes of all times, James Cleveland “Jesse” Owens (September 12, 1913 – March 31).
Owens, as we all know is the man who broke Hitler’s misguided and mistaken notion that the Aryan race (Blue eyed, blonde people were superior to all other races).
He won four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympic games which incensed Hitler so much that he while awarding the medals refused to shake hands with Owens.
Owens won the 100m, 200m, long jump and the 4 x 100m relay.
The man was a myth and a living legend and an award has been named in his honor in the USA.
The Jesse Owens Award is the highest USA Track and Field honor bestowed upon the year’s best track and field athlete. Owens has been ranked as the sixth greatest North American athlete of the twentieth century and the highest-ranked in his sport.
Usain Bolt – A legend in history of Olympics
They say history tends to repeat itself and today we have a world class sprinter, a man whom Owens would be proud of who has excelled in racing events.
That man is none another than Usain Bolt, an athlete who literally bolts like lighting leaving spectators in awe and reeling in raptures.
Usain St. Leo Bolt, was born in Jamaica on 21Aug, 1986 is presently the fastest human on earth. He has to his honor to hold both the 100m record as well as 200m record since automatic full-time became mandatory.
Bolt rose to stardom and fame at the early age competing in the 2002 World Junior Champions. At the age of 18 towering at 1.96m, he physically stood out among his peers.
The 2002 World Junior Championships before a home crowd in Kingston, Jamaica, gave Bolt a chance to prove his credentials on the world stage. Timing at 20.61 He won the 200m, only 0.03 seconds slower than his personal best of 20.58 s set in the 1st round.
Bolt’s 200m win made him the youngest world junior gold medalist ever. The expectation of the crowd made him so nervous that he put his shoes on the wrong feet. Bolt pledged later that he would not be awed by the crowd.
The adulation and fan following he has are not confined to Jamaica or the Caribbean. Usain Bolt has become a household named loved and admired by millions the world over.
He reigns supreme in the 100m and 200, as World and Olympic champion.
Another record to his name is the 4 x 100m relay which makes him the reigning World and Olympic champion in these three events.
His claim to fame and rise to glory was made at the 2008 Beijing Olympics for his double sprint victory. From there onwards the world was there for his taking and he never looked back.
He later became the first man at the Olympic Games to win six gold medals being the first to win consecutive Olympic 100m and 200m in (2008 and 2012).
Presently at the 2016 Summer Olympics, being held in Rio, Brazil he has already smashed records bagging three golds including the 100m sprint.
He is the world record holder with a time of 9.58 at the World Championships in 2009.
He has excelled in the world championship eleven times from 2009 t0 2015.
His records are very difficult to keep up with as he himself is responsible for breaking his own records.
They have of course been some other great athletes over the years but to none outclass Bolt who can only be described in superlatives, greatest, fastest, strongest, most sensational and most spectacular.
Here is a list of the world’s best sprinters
- Usain Bolt (Jamaica) – Fastest Time: 9.58 seconds
The 100m Olympic record (9.69) was set by Bolt at the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing.
- Tyson Gay (United States) – Fastest Time: 9.69 seconds
During the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials, Gay also ran a wind-aided 9.68 (once the fastest 100 m under any condition).
- Asafa Powell (Jamaica) – Fastest Time: 9.72 seconds
Asafa Powell ran his fastest time, once the world record, during heats at the 2007 IAAF Rieti Grand Prix.
- Maurice Greene (United States) – Fastest Time: 9.79 seconds
By the widest margin since electronic timing, Greene ran this since passed world record time in 1999.
- Donovan Bailey (Canada) – Fastest Time: 9.84 seconds
Bailey returned Canada to glory with his 9.84 record-breaking runs at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.
- Bruny Surin (Canada) – Fastest Time: 9.84 seconds
Surin’s second place finish of 9.84 at the 1999 World Championships was the fastest silver medal time ever.
- Leroy Burrell (United States) – Fastest Time: 9.85 seconds
Burrell had twice set the world record in the 100 metres with a 9.90 in 1991 and a 9.85 in 1994.
- Justin Gatlin (United States) – Fastest Time: 9.85 seconds
Gatlin’s fastest time was set at the 2004 Olympics with a gold medal winning 9.85-second run.
- Olusoji Fasuba (Nigeria) – Fastest Time: 9.85 seconds
Fasuba holds the African 100 metre sprinting mark with a 9.85 at the Doha Grand Prix in 2006.
- Carl Lewis (United States) – Fastest Time: 9.86 seconds
Track and Field star Carl Lewis has won nine Olympic gold medals and eight World Championship gold medals.
It is being said that Bolt’s images in the Rio Olympics are making waves that it cause an Internet meltdown. Not only is image captivating, he is so self-confident that he even turns to look at his opponents while keeping his pace.
Usain Bolt now ranks with legends like Mohammad Ali and Michael Jordan.
Bolt is probably the most photographed person on the planet at the moment after winning the gold in the final on Monday.
His athletic dominance and iconic personality have provided the world with so many memorable moments that to sum up his incredible athletic dominance in one image is nigh on impossible.
But Australian photographer Cameron Spencer, of Getty Images, has come pretty close with this absolute gem taken towards the end of his semi-final race.
The Usain Bolt photo that is sending the internet crazy.
Already sports fans and reporters from around the world are going nuts about the perfectly-timed photo.
Usain Bolt has magnetic charisma and is photogenic which is the reason all his images on camera are breathtaking.
Sports pundits have praised Bolt for what he is a great athlete and superb personality.
To dwell on his personal life it can be said that being Jamaican, Bolt has a passion for Reggae music and dancing. His friends describe him as a pretty laid back character with a relaxed disposition. His Jamaican track and field idols include Herb Mckenley and former Jamaican 100m and 200m world record holder, Don Quarrie. Michael Johnson the former 200m world and Olympic record holder is also revered by him.
His first name is pronounced YOO-sane and he has the sobriquet “Lightning Bolt” due to his name and speed.
Being a follower of the catholic faith he is known to for making the sign of the cross before racing competitively, and he wears a Miraculous medal ding his races. His middle name is St. Leo.
Bolt also loves cricket and says if he had not been a sprinter he probably would have turned to cricket. In his childhood, he supported the Pakistan cricket team and Waqar Younis was his idol.
Another idol of his is the legendary batsman, Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar.
He also has a passion for the video game Call of Duty video game series and stays up late playing at it.
Bolt, is also a fan Manchester United, one of the greatest teams of the English premier league. He admires Dutch striker Ruud Van Nistelrooy.
He was a special guest of Manchester United at the 2011 UEFA World champions League where he expressed his desire to play after retirement.
In 2013, Bolt played basketball in the NBA All-Star Weekend All-Star Weekend Celebrity game scoring two points from a slam dunk but acknowledged his other basketball skills were lacking.
Bolt is currently 30 years of age and has a year or two to go before he retires. The world has witnessed spectacular Olympic games but it can say without a shadow of the slightest doubt that when Usain Bolt enters a stadium he lights it up and captivates the crowd.
In the history of sports, Bolt’s star will shine the brightest for it will take a long time if any to equal his magnificence on the track.