Usain Bolt lights up Beijing in world record 9.69 seconds–Powell finish 5th
Photo: New York Times
The national stadium nickname (The Bird Nest) in Beijing, China was struck with lightening this morning (Jamaican time) as Jamaican sprint world record holder Usain Bolt set a new world record taking the gold in the men’s 100m in a stunning 9.69 seconds (with no wind).
A confident powerful Bolt looked relaxed and even a little animated before the race. Confident of his victory the 21 year old more or less show boated the last 20 metres striding and extending his arms while blistering the world record. He probably could have finished 9.60 flat had he not slowed down and extended his arms
I will admit that tears filled this tough guy eyes when I saw a Jamaican doing the “no linga” in front of a stadium of 91,000 spectators on the international stage with the black green and gold draped over his shoulders celebrating the historic occasion. Then they went and played a Bob Marley in the stadium.
.. pass mi di tissue mek mi bawl.
I was watching the commentary on television jamaica (TVJ) and within moments they had Usain Bolt parents on the phone line. Bolt’s father who was in Jamaica was asked what he would say to his son right now, he said:
“Son yu done well I will see you when you get home.”
His father went on to predict a win in the 200 metres later this week.
Bolt’s mother who was in Beijing also express pride and happiness about the result. Although the connection was not so good from Beijing she jokingly remarked that she could not reach her son.
Asafa Powell finished a disappointing fifth place. Personally I don’t know what to say. One thing I can say is that I am extremely proud of Asafa Powell. He is a great sprinter who has reached heights in athletics most athletes only dream of.
Maybe there are other issues physically and mentally that can explain Asafa Powell’s result. There are issues with his coach and protests in the camp, the sort of politics in sports especially at a time like this which is not necessary. When they interviewed Powell’s parents moments after the race his mother faults injury and maybe even mental pressure.
“Asafa is not 100% fit” I just give god thanks. If Bolt was not there then we might not have won gold today, so I thank god. I am feeling proud. I am going to kiss them both.”
I couldn’t agree more with the part of her comment of Bolt being there in the 100m. I will admit my own personal wish was for gold medal for Powell in the 100m and a gold for Bolt in the 200m. But as Asafa father said.
“A so it go”
Powell’s father went on to congratulate Bolt and said he was disappointed with Asafa Powell result.
Three Jamaicans qualified for this final 100m and although Michael Frater is not given as much attention as Bolt and Powell. Big up Michael Frater, He qualified even as American sprinter and world defending champion Tyson Gay was disappointed finishing 4th in the heats. Someone joked (predicted) before the heats that Tyson Gay would be running from lane 10. Get it?
There is no lane 10. Just a Joke though Tyson Gay a cool youth.
Most people were expecting a 3 way race between Bolt, Powell and Gay. I could see how hard he tried to qualify and honestly wanted him to qualify.
In a perfect world I would want jamaica to medal atleast gold, silver and bronze, gold, bronze or even gold, silver in the men’s 100m. I am grateful however and proud.
Trinidad claimed the silver and America took the bronze. Now lets wait for the women who are doing great in the heats so far. Also the 200m Bolt has coming up.
In case it went by too fast for you, here it is again. Sorry the video quality is not so great but NBC and the Olympic folks have a strangle hold on copyright so the official video is not on youtube.(yet). Nevertheless enjoy.