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Usain Bolt

It’s already been established that Usain Bolt is a freak, but what he did at the Penn Relays this past weekend may just graduate him from the “freak” moniker and move him to the “best athlete, maybe ever” category. Hyperbole? Maybe so, but then again, it’s not often I get to react to an 8.79 split time in a 4×100 relay, either. While some are wondering what the World’s Fastest Man was doing at the Penn Relays, his performance while he was there was otherworldly. Bolt was so good, he upstaged the fact there were Catholic school girls running around in track and field gear.

Now, before someone calls Chris Hansen on me, all I meant by that was, when Bolt shows up to race, everything else involved takes a back seat to the Jamaican speed demon.


Yes, I know Bolt had a running start, but a sub-nine second 100-meter dash is, for lack of a better word, ridiculous. Even more so? Getting close to traveling 30 MPH, all thanks to the muscles in his legs (and arms, but legs mainly).

Not only that, but because of Bolt’s long-and-lean build, he doesn’t have a traditional sprinter’s body. Obviously, that little “fact” doesn’t seem to matter when Bolt races. Long strides + sprinter’s leg speed = Bolt, which, in turn = the best sprinter ever — and really, it’s not even close.