Usain Bolt set another 100m record today, running a 9.58 (!) at the World Championships in Berlin.
Tyson Gay came in second with a 9.71, setting a new American record.
There was a tailwind of .9 m/s (2.0 is the highest allowable).
This just goes to show you kids, don't smoke weed or you'll never win a gold medal or set world records....wait
this race was into a headwind. oh well
It was a headwind. The announcer says it right after the race.
i thought so
Ato Bolden mispoke. It was a tailwind. If it were a headwind, the wind speed would have been noted as +0.9 m/s in the race results.
I've also read several recaps that said it was a tailwind.
Was Jim Tressel timing that? Because we all know that his times are very trustworthy. Just go ask TP.
I'd embed it, but it looks kind of goofy when it's shrunk down to a manageable size.
Edit: Oh well, I'll throw it in there anyways.
That dude in the back looks like he's already shut it down.
If you couldn't tell from Bolt's Bugs Bunny foot, photo finishes don't produce images that reflect visual reality.
Why is Bolt running with a clown shoe on?
Maize_and_Drew is also lol!
Photo finishes aren't a snapshot of one instant in time, instead they show a combination of hundreds (thousands?) of snapshots of the finish line over time. Bolt's giant foot is a distortion caused by this process.
This is further proof of Einstein's theory of special relativity; he said the closer you get to the speed of light, onlookers would see you as getting taller, thinner, and more scrunched up. What's the scientific term for 'scrunched up'?
Wow, that's DRob fast.
"He's the fastest kid alive"
- Officer Michaels
Looks like Bolt won comfortably but didn't absolutely dominate like before; that's just judging from the photo finish though, he could've been so far ahead he just shut it down at the end and Gay caught up a bit. Anyone actually see the race and know for sure?
.13 seconds in a 100m dash at that speed (9.58 vs. 9.71) is a huge margin of victory.
Yes, I would consider .13 to be a comfortable win, hence why I said comfortable; I don't think it's flat out dominating, though, like some of his other races.
It was actually a well contended race. Bolt got out by about 2 meters by about 40 meters in, and held it to the line. He didn't let up, either, which is noted by his finish time, 9.58, which is likely what he would've run in Beijing. Gay ran a great race. 9.71 is the second fastest time in the history of the event. Usain Bolt is just otherworldly. I don't see him losing for a great while. I also see him taking Michael Johnson's 400 meter record too, which he has said he will tackle in the future.
9.58, it was a sight to behold.
I still think Johnson in his prime would/would've beat him in a head to head race in the 200 and 400.
Bolt's 200 times say otherwise. Unless there's been some sort of time inflation over the last 13 years.
Times are times. I ran track and I was always faster when someone was neck and neck with me to push me. Johnson's 200 WR was barely beat by Bolt at the Olympics and Bolt was pushing almost full throttle the whole way, while Johnson seemed to let up more than Bolt did toward the end. I think Bolt would've actually gave Johnson a challenge and would've pushed him to run faster than he did when he set the record. Just my observations and thoughts.
EDIT: Also Bolt leaned at the finish which shows he was pushing as hard as he could in every way to break the record; Johnson wasn't pushing quite as hard, he would've been under 19.3 if he had.
If you remember, when Michael Johnson was in his prime he lost a race to 100m wr holder at the time Canadian Donovan Bailey (I think it was 150 or something) and he pulled up halfway through when he was so far behind he couldn't possibly win. There is no way, ever, that M.J. would have beat Bolt whether in his prime or not. I, too ran track and it doesn't matter what the circumstances, when someone is faster than you they will win 9 times out of 10 (at least, usually 10 out of 10. To say Johnson never went all out in his races is simply not true. I watched most and he was always going all out when I saw him run. Bolt is the fastest man that has ever put on track shoes in the history of man. M.J. wasn't even the fastest man alive in his prime and to say otherwise is simply not the case.
Michael Johnson did not pull up, he suffered a SERIOUS injury that essentially ruined his 200 m career and limited him in the 400 for a couple seasons. He did not fake the injury because he was behind. It was REAL. If you want to talk conspiracies, he probably suffered the injury before but proceeded for the $$ and so the entire event wouldn't be cancelled.
And MJ is the fastest man ever to put on track shoes in the history of the 400 m, Hicham El Guerrouj the fastest in the 1500, and Bekele the fastest in the 5&10k. It's pointless to compare between events (and somewhat between eras). Each of those men is the fastest who has ever put on track shoes in the history of man. In your words, to claim otherwise is simply not the case.
I watched the race (and rewatched it about 50 times) and he was so far behind when he pulled up there was no chance in hell that he would have won the race. If you can't get beyond the fact that an American actually lost a race, well ok, you just stay in your dream world where USA is dominent in everything and ignore reality.
Here are some facts for you:
Canada on the whole is the biggest power in Hockey
USA rules the BBall world
USA rules the American Football World
Soccer is a toss up amongst a handful of teams with the USA not being one of them.
Bolt would kick M.J.'s ass in any event he would care to compete at.
If you look back in time you will probably remember that historically the title of "the worlds fastest man" belongs to the 100m champion because it is the full out sprint for the entire race. When you get to the 200 and 400 it is no longer about the fastest, you need to take into account your pace and other factors. It was only when Bailey was crowned the 100m champion that people questioned this title so the race was to be run at 150. Bailey would have won hands down whether MJ got hurt or not. To say otherwise is to completely ignore reality (that is if you watched the race). If you ignore for a minute the fact that MJ is American and Bolt is not I am sure you would agree that there is no question who is the faster individual.
I can tell you this as well. There is no way MJ would have run that race with a pre-existing injury because his ego was far to big to enter a race that he was sure to lose. Again, you are completely ignoring reality if you think otherwise.
I hope you are talking about Michael Johnson racing him in the 100m, because that is true. However, if you are that confident that Bolt would beat him in the 200 and 400, then you are ignoring reality. Bolt just barely nipped his WR set in 1996, by .02 seconds, a race in which Bolt was not holding back.
If you were to pit these two in a race that is commonly raced by the two of them, it would likely be a race for the ages and to say MJ would have no chance is a baseless claim. MJ was an incredible racer, and no fair assessment of the two's abilities can not be created unless they were to have raced. Obviously, this is based on Bolt's past performances. If he goes on the run an 18.9, I stand corrected, but at this time, they are two amazing racers who would put up an incredible battle at 200m.
What does this have to do with being an American? That argument is about as solid as a Charlie Weis' bowel movement. I could care less if Bolt is Jamaican, or that he is faster at 100 m. And who cares if Bailey would have won that race with or without injury? This has no bearing on the previous statements that Johnson vs Bolt in the 200 would have been interesting -- we don't know who would have won based on Bolt having the WR -- and whether Bolt can step up to the 400. You claim Johnson wasn't even the fastest in his prime because he lost to Donovan Bailey injured, in a 150, and therefore Bolt would beat him at the 200 and 400. That is an inane claim. It would be fun to watch, but that is all we can state. El Guerrouj couldn't touch Gebrselassie in a 5k, and Haile couldn't compete at 1500. Them squaring off in a 3000 meant nothing about their accomplishments at other distances. Bolt is INSANELY fast. It's awesome to watch. I hope he does step up to the 400 and take down MJ's record; I am ROOTING for that. But it's really kind of pointless to compare careers separated by almost two decades who mostly ran different events.
I still get a little too emotionally involved when the discussion turns to MJ and how he was/was not the worlds fastest man. If you remember that was a huge debate/dispute and for the first time in a long time Canada actually had an athlete to be proud of who wasn't doping so when the American media decided to question who the worlds fastest man was, when it had always been the holder of the 100m WR it didn't sit well with me. My contention was merely that MJ was not the fastest man on the planet in his prime so why are we comparing him to the fastest man who ever lived now?
As for comparing careers separated by two decades, I believe it can be done in track easier than any other type of sport around. Track careers are based on times and the person who runs the faster times is obviously the faster athlete, it's pretty cut and dry IME. There is a chance that MJ was a better distance runner than Bolt (we won't know until he tries the 400, if ever) but he is clearly not the faster of the two. My original comment was directed toward the person that implied MJ (not directly stated, but the implication was clearly there) that MJ could have won a 200m race against Bolt, when clearly their clocked times show otherwise.
I don't have a dog in this fight (can I still say that after Michael Vick?), but I hate when people use the line "Whatever helps you sleep at night" in mundane internet discussions. It's obnoxious. I doubt anyone's tossing and turning over hypothetical races between sprinters.
.13 seconds, for the first time a human runs under 9.6 (the first time a human ran under 9.7 was his time in the Olympics), is a huge margin. The guy owns the fastest two times in the history of manking by .13 and .02. If it had been 9.69 vs. 9.71 today, that would have been close. This was not close. Plus, Tyson Gay ran a GREAT race. He's really that far behind though. Truly amazing how much faster Bolt is.
Bolt has no control over how fast the other runners are. IMO cutting like .11 off the world record and winning by .13 is pretty close to as dominating as you can get over 100m.
Would a 9.42 have made you happy?
Nah, I would consider anything over a .2 margin of victory to be dominating, and anything below to be anywhere from very comfortable to close.
I never said it wasn't impressive, that would be your inference if you're saying I am; because certainly Bolt is insanely fast. BUT, I wouldn't say he flat out dominated Gay. Gay gave him more of a run for his money than anyone else has, and it was certainly a comfortable margin of victory, but, again, from my perspective he didn't destroy Gay by any means.
Feel free to disagree, that's totally fine. I guess we'll just have to agree to disagree on how we see things.
Dude, Usain Bolt is a freak of nature.
I just hope he's a natural freak of nature. I hate that I feel the need to question the validity of any amazing athletic feat...
Yeah, I hate to say it, but it's hard for me to believe he's clean. Since June 2008, he's shaved 0.16 seconds off the record time. That's nuts.
Well, he didn't go all out for the Olympics, but he was involved in a serious car crash that disrupted his training in the meantime.
This to me is like watching Barry Bonds hit 73 home runs. Maybe he is clean, but the only thing that points to that possibility is that he hasn't tested positive for anything yet. Everything else points decidedly in the opposite direction. Let's grow up and give up the puritanical bullshit. Santa Clause isn't real. Many, or more likely, most of Bolt's competitors are doping. His accomplishments are incredibly impressive regardless of what he has done.
I'll jungle chop your goofy ass for saying that about the Clause.
PS Take that in the spirit it was intended.
Dude, live in the real world.
Yeah, I've become skeptical every time I hear of a new athletic record being broken. But I tend to think he's clean just because the guy is built to be a sprinter, kind of like how Michael Phelps has the ideal body type to be a swimmer. They were both born to compete in their respective sports.
I'm not that impressed really, I mean according to ESPN's front page the best athletic performances of the day were by a guy who walked around a golf course with somebody else carrying his bag and a guy that drove in circles for 3 hours. But hey, they're the experts, right??
In all seriousness check out the race at universalsports.com, it's really something worth seeing. The ease on Bolt's face as he runs compared to the other guys in the field is what really gets me, it's just stunning.
I would say it's a poor assessment to classify Golf and Automobile Racing like that. I mean, the only reason Bolt is good is because he was blessed by an amazing body type right?
The reason certain athletes are good is in part because of luck (ex: body type) and part because of hard work. You'd be surprised at the amount of physical strength required for a proper golf form. That's not to mention of course the technical proficiency required. Golf isn't a cake walk, and it's a shame to belittle such athletes accomplishments.
Automobile racing, while there are many different forms, is also a little more than just setting cruise control for 3 hours. In fact, I'd say it requires quite a bit of thinking in terms of pit stops, fuel consumption, which tires, etc. It's certainly not something I go out of my way to watch, but seeing an event like the Indy 500 is pretty cool.
That said, what Bolt did was amazing. Absolutely amazing. But, in my opinion, you've very much mischaracterized some other great competitions.
Let's revisit this discussion on the athletic requirements of golf and NASCAR the next time a 59-year old guy finishes 2nd at a major international track meet. In the meantime, I will remain annoyed that the majority of the population finds their achievements to be more impressive than what's going on in Berlin this week.
I didn't watch the PGA and I'm sure it was compelling, but not at all in the same way Bolt's performance was. Think about it this way, sprinting has the greatest level of participation of any sport in the world. Just about every kid who can has raced their friends and it almost doesn't matter where you grow up, if you are easily burning all the neighborhood kids from a young age you're going to get noticed.
Golf, on the other hand, obviously has a much lower participation rate globally. While showdowns in golf can be compelling in the same way Little League baseball games or college football games are compelling, all these performance owe their salience largely to their context. Casually shedding a tenth of a second off the world record in the 100m dash inspires awe in a totally different way, it redefines the human potential.
If ESPN doesn't think that what Bolt did was the top story of the day,month or even year potentially, than they are so far removed from reality that I don't thnk I could ever take anything they say seriously again (if I ever have). He is the fastest man on the planet, the fastest man to ever live...and he keeps redefining what that means with his shattering of WR's. To compare what was done on a golf course or car arce track is a little strange IME.
P.S. did anyone watch his heat before the final??? He let off the gas right after the start and literally jogged (seriously, jogged) and ran 10.01 (i think that was the time) amiling for the cameras the whole way.....This guy is unreal!
I don't care if Bolt wouldn't be smooth coming out of his breaks, he could be a monster WR. 6'4", much faster than any DB
He's too big for us...we like the 5'9 slot types now remember?
Geena Gall (Grand Blanc, UM) is competing in the 800m at the World Championships and qualified second in her heat today.
Bolt is Fast Fast
But that's just track speed. Can't you morons notice the very subtle difference between track and football. I mean, you might be fast in track but you still might not be fast in football. There is a very fine line and none of you lowbrows seem to notice. Gah!
Carlos Brown = Fast.
Wonder if he can run the read option?
On a non-related matter, Bolt has committed to Michigan to play football. Upon hearing the news, Rivals rated him as only a 4-star athlete.
And Scout has him listed as a 1-star, (Still evaluating.)
He would be sick at football. Let's say you start at your own 35. Wait for three seconds, throw it (it would be in the air for less than 3 seconds) and he could catch it in the end zone. All in under 6 seconds.
Assuming he can catch.
I think this new 100m record might just get Bolt his 5th star on rivals..
I am happy that the mgoblog community has engaged in a conversation about speed without degenerating into a useless argument. Although I bet that Tate has better football speed than Bolt
Even if he was just mediocre at catching the ball, wouldn't he be better off as a middle-of-the-road NFL receiver than the world's best sprinter?
This article from April: http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/article/129331 estimates that his 2009 income would be $3M (admittedly, that's before this latest WR). His goal is to be the first track and field star with $10M/year in "prize money, appearance fees and endorsements".
Compared to NFL wide receiver contracts, it wouldn't be too hard for him to surpass that. Darrius Heyward-Bey is going to make an average of $4.7M a year over the next 5 years from his contract, and his draft position was thanks to a 4.3 40 (imagine if he had Bolt's speed!).
I'd have to imagine Bolt could get at least that amount in his initial contract as well. Plus, given his strong name recognition in the US, I'm sure he would be able to get some strong endorsement contracts, which would be more readily available for a football player than a track star. It's possible he could easily get close to the $10M a year in total income without proving much on the field.
Anyways, none of that's going to happen, but it was a fun theoretical exercise.
While I do think it would be awesome to have the world's fastest human on your team as a deep threat every play, even if an NFL team was willing to offer the guy a nice contract, you're talking about an Olympic runner who has dedicated his life to running.
I'd be surprised if he'd give up being his country's flagship athlete to make a couple extra millions a year playing a sport that probably doesn't interest him, and has a MUCH higher chance of significant injury.
What's with his messed up foot, haha
EDIT: This was supposed to go under OMG Shirtess's embedded photo comment.
or his 'Track' name? It's quite a coincidence his last name is 'Bolt'...
It seems that Bolt is indeed his actual last name. I know, never before has a man been so appropriately named.
Bolt is ridiculously fast. That was an amazing race.