Sometime back, Usain Bolt suggested he could hit the 9.54 second mark in the 100 meters. At the world’s, he’s gotten within 0.04 seconds of that — and there’s time yet. A recent LiveScience story goes one better, to suggest that he will some day hit 9.51 secs.
Wait for the day. Meanwhile, enjoy an awesome spectacle — and wonder at what this guy could do if he is really pushed:
It figures that within minutes after Usain Bolt ran 100 meters in 9.58 seconds at the World Track and Field Championships, someone would ask whether he was fueled by more than his favorite foods, chicken nuggets and Jamaican yams.
I wouldn’t have expected otherwise in a sport in which so many top sprinters — Ben Johnson, Justin Gatlin, Tim Montgomery, Marion Jones — have been busted for doping. For a long time, I always have reacted with “how” rather than “wow” when I saw a time like Bolt’s.
Fairly sad, that we can no longer take unalloyed delight in a supreme sporting accomplishment.