In the Olympic Games, the men’s 100 metres is perhaps considered the most important of the track and field events. The 200 metres is not far behind. In the history of the Olympics only 8 men have won both the 100 metres and the 200 metres in the same Olympics. The list includes the legendary Jesse Owens (USA) in 1936. the Russian, Valery Borzov in 1972 and Carl Lewis (USA) in 1984. This great feat was emulated by Usain Bolt of Jamaica who is just 22 years old recently in the 2008 Olympics at Beijing.
His feat is the greatest of them all because he created world records in winning both the 100 and the 200 metres in the same Olympics- a feat never done before in the long history of the Olympics. In the 100 metres, he broke the world record with a timing of 9. 69 seconds- bettering his own record of 9.72 seconds. In the 200 metres he set a world record with a timing of 19.30 seconds breaking Michael Johnson’s record of 19.32 seconds set in 1996.
In the 100 metres, the sub 10 second mark was set way back in 1972. How much better will Bolt do in future years- as he is just 22- remains to be seen. Will he reach 9.5 seconds?
As mentioned in this article in the Boston Globe, Bolt brought a new flavour to the Beijing games with his achievements on the field and his celebrations off it.
Usain Bolt– the young man from Jamaica who celebrated his 22 nd birthday on Aug 21- caught everyone’s imagination with his obvious talent, and his cool and almost casual attitude. Some wrote that he went overboard with his celebrations. As far as I am concerned, he had every right to celebrate as he did- because he has done what no man has ever done before.
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This is Post No: 262 of the “A Step A Day” series : To provide perspective and provoke thought to facilitate self-development across a wide spectrum of issues- big and small- crucial for executive success.