Monday, August 18, 2008
Entertaining or Aggravating?
I watched the final of the Men's 100 meter race at the Beijing Olympics and was absolutely stunned at the performance of Usain Bolt from Jamaica.
This guy is 6'5" and blew away the field on his way to a new world record of 9.69.
That was stunning.
What happened next was also stunning, but for a completely different reason.
Bolt started his post-race celebration during the race. With about 20 meters to go, Bolt broke his running form, spread his arms wide and then began to pound his chest (which is my least favorite celebratory gesture of all).
Who knows how fast his time could have been if he had kept his form and run hard all the way to the end? He may have set the record at an almost incomprehensible time - maybe even sub-9.6.
I heard on the radio today that track and field athletes get bonus money for breaking world records and perhaps Bolt was easing up so it would be easier for him to break the world record again. I don't know if that's what happened or not, but if so it was an even more disgusting display.
So, what was your reaction? Did you think Bolt's race and celebration was entertaining or aggravating?
Posted by Dan Weiss at 3:58 PM