World’s fastest man and two-time Olympic Champion, Jamaican Usain Bolt, lived up to expectation last night at the ongoing Olympic anniversary Games in London by winning the 100metres race in 9.85 seconds.
In a race that featured former World Record holder, Kim Collins of St. Kitts & Nieves, Nesta Carter of Jamaica, American Michael Rodgers, Britain’s Dwain Chambers, Salam Rakeeim of the USA and the only white person to run 100metres in less than 10 seconds, Christophe Lemaitare of France, no one thought victory for Bolt was sure. Indeed it wasn’t. “The start was horrifying,” conceded Bolt. “I think I was just race-rusty. I needed to get a few races in. My coach keeps reminding me that I’m not a good starter — so to stop worrying about the start and go when the gun says go is the plan.”
Bolt’s start was indeed slow, the other runners were out of the block before him and he had to play catch-up. He only started smelling victory after passing the 60metre mark.
Unfortunately, Britain’s fastest man, James Dasaolu, pulled out of the race few minutes before it started, As result of a tight hip flexor he felt during warm-up.
Earlier this month, James Dasaolu, born in London to Nigerian parents, clocked 9.91seconds in Birmingham to become Britain’s fastest man and the second fastest man ever in British history after Linford Christie.
Yesterday’s race was a welcome delight to athletic fans all over the world after the competition was slightly tainted by the double whammy revelations that two of the sport’s finests, Tyson Gay of the USA and Jamaica’s Asafa Powell tested positive to banned substances during a meet in Italy.
The Anniversary Games in London continue today.