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adams_1
08-16-2008, 06:47 AM
Did you see that? Did you SEE that?

That was the most incredible thing i've ever seen on the track.

Fedace
08-16-2008, 06:48 AM
what happened ? Did Federer win that one ?

adams_1
08-16-2008, 06:49 AM
Usain Bolt ran 9.69, and he backed off and started celebrating with a good 20 metres to go!

He could have gone below 9.60 if he ran it out.

AAAA
08-16-2008, 06:59 AM
What's most amazing it at 6' 5" in height experts including Michael Johnson have been saying for years he's too tall for 100m sprints and should concentrate on the 200 and 400m. Also his muscles are relatively small compared to other sprinters.

Polaris
08-16-2008, 07:04 AM
Weird. He started celebrating before the finish line! That was some burst of speed.

Fedace
08-16-2008, 07:22 AM
Weird. He started celebrating before the finish line! That was some burst of speed.

I think Rafa or Roger would have beaten him:)

AAAA
08-16-2008, 07:26 AM
I think Rafa or Roger would have beaten him:)

nah, Pete would have beaten him because Pete can keep up with a NFL player doing drills and they're the best atheletes in the world.

l_gonzalez
08-16-2008, 07:40 AM
Usain Bolt is an amazing athlete, nobody in the world can compete with him. It's absolutely ridiculous how he completely shutdown in the last 15-20 metres in an Olympic Final. The guy can definitely go sub 9.60.

Let's just wait and see what he can do in the 200m...

maximo
08-16-2008, 07:46 AM
The thing is Usain Bolt isn't a 100 meters runner, hes a 200 meters runner. it's quite amazing.

Fedace
08-16-2008, 07:46 AM
Usain Bolt is an amazing athlete, nobody in the world can compete with him. It's absolutely ridiculous how he completely shutdown in the last 15-20 metres in an Olympic Final. The guy can definitely go sub 9.60.

Let's just wait and see what he can do in the 200m...

if he can do like 6.9 seconds, can he run against a Ferrari ? I would be interested in seeing who wins that race ..:)

ACE of Hearts
08-16-2008, 12:10 PM
Ridiculous stuff but i hope he is clean.

DashaandSafin
08-16-2008, 01:20 PM
Aww why celebrate...should have just ran it out, wanted to see a sub 9.6...

Andres
08-16-2008, 05:56 PM
Aww why celebrate...should have just ran it out, wanted to see a sub 9.6...
No, he shouldn't! We all know he can run under 9.6, but if he does it now, who knows if he can break his own record later?

He did a smart move, running 9.69, and he'll run 9.67 two months later, and 9.65 in January, or something like that.

He's like Isinbayeva in that sense. He keeps beating his own record by just a bit, so he can keep breaking it in the future ;)

TheNatural
08-16-2008, 06:03 PM
He may as well have smashed the record while he was feeling so great. You never know if he'll ever feel that great again, and the track was meant to be fast. He could have clocked 9.55, and the record could have stood forever like Bob Beamen's 1968 Long Jump record.

Andres
08-16-2008, 06:08 PM
I thought Powell had the Long Jump record!

Lemme wikicheck

Andres
08-16-2008, 06:08 PM
At the 1991 World Championships in Athletics (Tokyo), he broke Bob Beamon's 23-year-old long jump world record by 5 cm (2 inches), leaping 8.95 m (29 ft 4 in). The world record still stands. His feat earned him the James E. Sullivan Award and BBC Sports Personality of the Year Overseas Personality Award in 1991.

TheNatural
08-16-2008, 06:24 PM
ahh. It still stood for over 20 years(almost forever:) ). You never know what may happen in future, Bolt could get an injury or something. He should have just gone all out.

Anwyays at leasts he didnt go all out and pull a hamstring. Now looking forwards to seeing him in the 200m




At the 1991 World Championships in Athletics (Tokyo), he broke Bob Beamon's 23-year-old long jump world record by 5 cm (2 inches), leaping 8.95 m (29 ft 4 in). The world record still stands. His feat earned him the James E. Sullivan Award and BBC Sports Personality of the Year Overseas Personality Award in 1991.

WildVolley
08-16-2008, 06:36 PM
I think the funny thing is all the people that were telling him he was too tall!

He's obviously not too tall. He's by far the fastest man in the world at the moment. Too bad Tyson Gay was injured. He would have forced Bolt to run faster.

tennisrocks5
08-16-2008, 06:44 PM
Tyson Gay said he was 100% but I don't think he was, since he didn't even make the final. :-|

Hidious
08-16-2008, 06:46 PM
We'll now have the "handicap 100m" where Bolt has to run 110m to even things out.

AAAA
08-17-2008, 04:40 AM
I think the funny thing is all the people that were telling him he was too tall!

He's obviously not too tall. He's by far the fastest man in the world at the moment. Too bad Tyson Gay was injured. He would have forced Bolt to run faster.

Bolt is an exception but the accepted wisdom still holds. 6' 5" is closer to the height of the best male 400m runners in history. He doesn't even have a fast start compared to other great 100m sprinters, because of his longer limbs, which makes his exceptional time even more so, that and the show-boating from about 15m to the line.

WildVolley
08-17-2008, 01:08 PM
Bolt is an exception but the accepted wisdom still holds. 6' 5" is closer to the height of the best male 400m runners in history. He doesn't even have a fast start compared to other great 100m sprinters, because of his longer limbs, which makes his exceptional time even more so, that and the show-boating from about 15m to the line.

The conventional wisdom doesn't necessarily make much sense. People seem to forget Carl Lewis, who was 6'2" with longer than normal legs. As I recall, he was an excellent sprinter and long jumper.

I wonder if Bolt should consider trying the long jump. He definitely has the speed.

AAAA
08-17-2008, 01:29 PM
The conventional wisdom doesn't necessarily make much sense. People seem to forget Carl Lewis, who was 6'2" with longer than normal legs. As I recall, he was an excellent sprinter and long jumper.

I wonder if Bolt should consider trying the long jump. He definitely has the speed.

Not to argue with you but conventional wisdom is usually based on observation or statistical evidence. Bolt is an exception as already said so the general rule still holds because the general rule is about the most common situation.

I think Lewis was the last great sprinter-long jumper. Rivals to Lewis and all the champions since Lewis, that I can think of, like Calvin smith, Ben Johnson, Linford Christie, Leroy Burrell, Tim Montgomery, Greene, Powell, and Bolt, not one of them has ever qualified for a long jump competition at olympic or World championship level.

jmsx521
08-17-2008, 06:06 PM
Usain Bolt ran 9.69, and he backed off and started celebrating with a good 20 metres to go!

He could have gone below 9.60 if he ran it out.I think he could've done under 9.5. In the slow motion replay, not only he was decelerating, but I think I caught one of his last steps was smaller. It was ridiculous how he all of a sudden pulled ahead of the pack in the middle of the race.

And did you people hear one of his shoes was untied too!?

Plus, I read, the day of the race he woke-up at 11, then ate lunch, watched TV and went back to sleep for another 3 hours, then woke-up and ate again before going to the race.

Plus... I just remembered, he had a loose shirt on... flapping and creating more drag; he wasn't wearing those tight, smooth running body-suits that other racers had.

Plus -- one more thing -- I just noticed this on another very-slow motion replay. His first or second step after the start with one of his feet was not solid at all; he didn't even step on the sole of the shoe... instead, he dragged the top of his shoe through the surface (pretty much like tennis players drag the top of their shoe on a serve).

adams_1
08-18-2008, 01:00 AM
He's a sick, sick man, and he loves messing with the others.

superman1
08-18-2008, 01:21 AM
Bolt should have moonwalked over the finish line. He had plenty of time.

Seany
08-18-2008, 01:23 AM
He'll probably get done for doping.

adams_1
08-18-2008, 01:49 AM
He'll probably get done for doping.

I'd be surprised if he hasn't been tested already.

TheNatural
08-18-2008, 05:35 AM
did you see the 200m run a little while ago?(2nd round or semis) All of the others looked like they were trying really hard while he was flying for 150 meters then just slowly jogging for the last 50.

I think he will smash the 200m world record in the final if he decides to go all out.

AAAA
08-18-2008, 06:04 AM
He'll probably get done for doping.

The jamaican team has been tested 32 times in 5 days

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/olympics/athletics/7556814.stm

ACE of Hearts
08-18-2008, 10:08 AM
Michael Johnson has the record at 19.32 in the 200 m.That is very tough but i think Usain "LIGHTING" Bolt could pulled it off!!

pennc94
08-18-2008, 10:15 AM
The jamaican team has been tested 32 times in 5 days

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/olympics/athletics/7556814.stm

I am just amazed at how the casual observer is satisfied with olympic drug tests. Do you not remember Marion Jones?

Bolt's run was the most amazing thing I have seen since Ben Johnson ... um ... wait ... oh yeah, he had "help".

He demolished the field. Not a field of chumps, but the best! How is that possible to win in that way?

Science is advancing beyond the policing I am afraid.

AAAA
08-18-2008, 10:18 AM
I am just amazed at how the casual observer is satisfied with olympic drug tests. Do you not remember Marion Jones?



That was posted for the record. Regarding Jones wasn't that a USOC coverup? Also Jamaica doesn't have the influence of the US.

pennc94
08-18-2008, 10:21 AM
That was posted for the record. Regarding Jones wasn't that a USOC coverup? Also Jamaica doesn't have the influence of the US.

Agreed, but there is big money in track and field no matter where the athlete is from.

ACE of Hearts
08-18-2008, 10:42 AM
If we gonna start pointing out names,why dont we mentioned Michael Phelps?Huh?

bluetrain4
08-18-2008, 01:34 PM
It really was amazing. 9.69 and he raised his arms and sort of shut it down with 15 m left. I think Ato Bolden (who was announcing) said he could go 9.54.

Poor Asafa Powell. Just a year ago he was the next big thing in sprinting and the Jamaican hopeful for gold. All of that has been shattered by his countryman.

CyBorg
08-18-2008, 02:09 PM
Bjorn Borg was faster than Usain Bolt.;)

burosky
08-18-2008, 02:29 PM
Hypothetical question. If some human somehow develops a way to "run" on all fours - using both arms and legs, would this be illegal in competition? With few exceptions, four legged animals are generally faster than humans. As such, I'm thinking that theoretically, a human that is capable of using both arms and leg would be faster compared to another human using only the legs provided the human running on all fours develops it to the efficiency of a four legged animal.

Okay, I'll stay off the mushrooms now. :-)