Friday, August 15, 2008

Usain To Bolt Past Asafa & Tyson

Week one in Beijing has been full of inspiring moments and outstanding achievements. Many records have been smashed and while there has been a stack of medals handed out already, week two see's the climax of many of the team events. It also starts the serious stuff in the track & field. The stage gets set beautifully on Saturday night (22.30 Beijing time) by having the Men's 100m final which is always one of the most anticipated events, and this year is no different.
  • Let's start by saying that this is race might aswell only be run by Usain Bolt of Jamaica, Tyson Gay from the USA and Asafa Powell, also from Jamaica. Bolt currently holds the World Record at 9.72 seconds and after watching his first heat yesterday, I'm tipping him to be the Olympic Champion here aswell. Powell & Gay also made it through to the semi's easily but Bolt was about 3 lengths clear of the field after only about 20m and was pulling up from about 40m out and still crossed the line under 10 seconds at 9.92. It's amazing that an event that barely lasts 10 seconds can generate so much interest and excitement but it can and does. For anyone looking for an outsider to maybe spoil the party and claim the bronze, I'd go for another Jamaican, Michael Frater. Some betting agency's might give you odds for the first place finisher outside of Bolt, Gay and Powell. Whatever happens, let's just hope that the race is clean.
  • Ho-hum and Michael Phelps collected his sixth Gold Medal last night in the Men's 200m individual medley. If Phelps does go 8-8 which he is almost certainly going to, and sets new world records in each event too, it will be an achievement that will go down as one of the most significant & defining sporting moments ever. Those of us lucky enough to understand what it means will be able to tell our grandkids about it one day, sort of like a JFK getting shot moment.

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