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The Olympics motto is Citius, Altius, Fortius which in Latin means Faster, Higher, Stronger. This motto was given by Pierre de Coubertin, the Founder of the International Olympic Committee way back in 1894. It was introuced in the Paris Olympics of 1924. The motto summarises the objective of the Olympics- certainly of the track and field events. In recent days we saw two feats which epitomise the Olympics motto.

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt set a new record for that prime event- 100 metres for men. At a sizzling time of 9.69 seconds, Bolt crashed the record. What a race that was- with as many as 6 men clocking less than 10 seconds.

If Bolt’s feat was Faster, yesterday the Russian, Yelena Isinbayeva went Higher. Her 5.05 metres in the womens pole vault, made her the Gold Medallist for the second time running and gave her the world record. This was yet another spectacular feat in an unmatched career. She is undoubtedly the best female pole vaulter in history.

The Spirit of the Olympics is reflected in its motto. In every Olympics new records are set as the best athletes of the world strive to create new landmarks. The Olympics motto seems to bring our the best in the human spirit- the goal to achieve – Faster, Higher, Stronger.

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