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The Unreal Usain Bolt

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9.58 seconds. Is that even real? Or did we simply dream one of the most impressive athletic accomplishments, maybe ever? What about Tyson Gay? He ran the third fastest 100-meter ever recorded and Bolt made it look like Gay was slow. Is that even fair? Is that even human? Where does this performance put Bolt on the greatest athletes of all time list? Is he at the top of the list for current athletes? Before that, watch the video of Bolt’s breathtaking performance in Berlin:

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Heading For A Bolt/Gay Showdown

Next month, the Athletics World Championship takes place in Berlin, and folks, it looks like we are finally getting the showdown we were promised in Beijing last summer — a healthy Tyson Gay against the current fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt. Bolt did his part in fueling the anticipation by winning the 100 meter race in London this past weekend with a time of 9.91, while running into a noticeable headwind. As for Gay, he’s already posted a time of 9.77 — the fastest time in the 100-meter this year — while looking equally strong in the 200-meter as well.

While the potential showdown between these two will headline the upcoming World Championship, it should also be noted it’s the first time such a competition will be held in Berlin Stadium since Jesse Owens competed in 1936.

Olympics: Tyson Gay Hits The Track

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The track and field portion of the Olympics got underway last night/this morning and one of Team USA’s brightest stars when it comes to the track — Tyson Gay — began his quest for the World’s Fastest Man title by advancing to the semi-finals after the qualifying heats of the 100-meter dash.

As expected, the two sprinters perceived to be Gay’s biggest challenge — Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell of Jamaica — also advanced to the semis. These preliminary heats are merely the prologue to one of the more anticipated events in the Olympics. Bolt, the 100-meter record holder with a 9.72 time, has already beaten Gay earlier this summer. On the other hand, Powell has already lost to Gay once already and looked pretty bad in the process but he vows he’ll be ready for Gay this time.

Sounds like sour grapes to me, but I digress.

The semi-finals and the finals are scheduled for tomorrow (Beijing time, of course), giving Powell ample opportunity to back his talk up. Meanwhile, Gay is trying to prove a recent hamstring injury — one that kept him from qualifying for the 200-meter dash — is no longer giving him problems.

Winning the gold in the 100-meter dash would go a long way towards verifying the Lexington, Kentucky native’s claim.

The ESPYs = The Dog Days Of Summer


ESPN’s ESPY award show was filmed last night (will be shown this Sunday) and it’s a good reminder that we, as sports fans, are fully in the grips of the summertime sports blues. While the sporting world waits patiently (or not) for college football to return, we are left with some average soccer as the MLS continues to defy the odds and keeps existing. OK, that’s a little harsh, but still, the fact remains — the MLS is obviously not the EPL. Not even close:

It was very different,” Beckham said. “I haven’t been involved in a game like that since I was 9 or 10 years old, where there were so many goals.”

- David Beckham talking about the 5-4 LA/NY game from last year

We are also waiting for MLB to get closer to its conclusion; or at least for a time where it’s not the only show in town.

If you aren’t a baseball purist (and there are plenty in the sports blogosphere) then all you can do is wait. Fortunately, we do have the 2008 Summer Olympics coming up but the interest isn’t what it used to be. Whatever. I’ll be fine watching Tyson Gay and Usain Bolt go at it to determine who actually is the world’s fastest man. Of course, there are the team sports in the Olympics as well.

Things like basketball, soccer and baseball are represented and should generate some buzz. However, in order to enjoy the Olympics this year, you’ll probably have to get up at the butt-crack of dawn (13-hour time difference from Kansas City) to see many of these events live — or you could wait for NBC’s evening/pre-taped coverage. By then, you’ll probably already know who won the event you’ve been wanting to watch.

For you golfers out there, The British Open started today, but if a golf tournament is played without the presence that Woods guy, will anyone be around to watch it?

So what we are left with is essentially our ability to be patient. Be patient for the return of football. Be patient with the MLB and its seemingly never-ending march towards the postseason; because, the closer it gets to the World Series, the closer we are to football and basketball returning. In the meantime, we simply have to tolerate the Brett Favre stories of the world — and just think, NFL Training Camps haven’t even opened yet.

Lord knows what the reaction will be like when the Packers begin. Can you say, “media circus?” I thought you could. For now, try and enjoy the upcoming Olympics. Yes, I know the coverage is going to be hard to keep up with but 08 Games have a number of storylines worth following.

Think of it like this — the Opening Ceremonies are on August 8th and the Closing Ceremonies are on the 26th, which is a Tuesday. College football kicks-off the following Thursday. If nothing else, you can use the Olympics as an unofficial timekeeper, counting down the last few days before Tim Tebow takes over the sports world.

Summer Olympics: There Will Be Records Broken

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While his record wasn’t official (too much wind), Tyson Gay announced to the rest of the world if they want to beat him in the 100-meters dash in Beijing, they are going to have to bring their best. During the US Olympic qualifying heat, Tyson Gay — or Tyson Homosexual, depending on your filter — ran a blistering 9.68, faster than Usain Bolt’s 9.72 seconds record time; however, there was too much of a tailwind and Gay’s time was not entered into the books.

Wind or no, it does not diminish the quality of Gay’s run, as you can see below:

Speaking of the current world-record holder, Usain Bolt also qualified for his national team by beating Asafa Powell in the Jamaican Nationals:

This sets the stage for an intriguing showdown in Beijing. Much will be made about the Bolt/Gay match-up but it would be unwise to forget about the aforementioned Powell. If either Gay or Bolt falter, Powell will be in a position to break the finish line tape.

In other record-breaking news, the US Swim Team is also looking strong as Michael Phelps and Katie Hoff each broke records in the 400 meter individual medley. I wonder how such performances are going to look in that weird water cube-looking thing constructed for Olympic swimming.

We Have A New World’s Fastest Man

Introducing Usain Bolt, the fastest person in the world. In case you missed it with all the MMA fun going on, the 100-meter dash now has a new record time as the Jamaican-born Bolt turned in a 9.72 seconds performance, beating the old record by two tenths of a second. In bonus news, the record Bolt beat was previously held by Asafa Powell — another Jamaican sprinter.

Not only did Bolt bolt to the new world record, he beat Tyson Gay — the best American sprinter — in the process. Bolt’s performance puts even more emphasis on the upcoming track and field portion of the 2008 Summer Olympics. Because of the new record and the ability shown by the new world record holder, everybody is going to want to see Bolt, Powell and Gay go at it in Beijing this summer.

However, if Bolt continues to improve as a sprinter (apparently, the 100 is not his best event), he’s going to be almost impossible to catch. Oh yeah, it was only his fifth race in the 100-meter. Ever. Apparently, Bolt was born to do just that.