SportsUsain Bolt Is Probably from the Future
The Jamaican sprinter is the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be.
Coming into this Olympics, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Usain Bolt wouldn't be the dominant sprint-monster that we're used to seeing. After all, it was only about six weeks ago that Bolt suffered a Grade 1 hamstring tear. Now sure, it's not the worst of injuries, but for most athletes in the world you'd have to be at your very best to win a gold medal. This is clearly not true for the fastest man alive. (A man who, among other things, knows how to throw a press conference.) Bolt absolutely obliterated the competition during his 100m semi-final run earlier tonight and, along with Getty's Cameron Spencer, gave us what might be a top-ten sports photo of all time, and certainly a shot to define Bolt's legacy:
As my editor so perfectly put it: Bolt looks like the Road Runner fucking with Wile E. Coyote in a freeze frame.
But Usain St. Leo Bolt was just getting started. In the night's 100m final, Bolt got off to a terrible start and for a moment it seemed that his reign of joy over the sprinting world was going to be undone by Justin Gatlin. But nope! As only Usain Bolt can do, he not only recovered from his bad jump, but still ended up winning in time to celebrate before he crossed the finish line.
This marks Bolt's third consecutive 100m gold at the Olympics, something that's never been done before. In fact, I'm not sure that ever seen anything in any sport quite like Bolt's continued dominance over track & field. It's so mind-blowing that I'm actually disappointed that this is Bolt's final Olympics, because even though he'll be 33 for the 2020 games, it would not shock me if he still found a way to embarrass these young guys again. But for now, let's all just appreciate how lucky we are to live in the time of Usain Bolt. This is like watching Muhammad Ali or Michael Jordan. We'll all tell our grandkids about him one day.