Jamaica’s Usain Bolt reacts after setting a new 100m World Record after the final of the Men’s 100m during the World Athletics Championships in Berlin Aug. 16.
Bolt stakes claim to greatest athlete in the world title!
By Jason Lewis
Sentinel Staff Writer
After this past weekend’s performance, it’s very hard to find another athlete on this planet that would have a stronger argument for that title. Jamaica’s Usain Bolt put the world on notice that it is clearly he by shattering his own world record, and by dominating one of the best class of 100-meter runners at the World Track and Field Championship meet in Germany.
When Bolt crossed the finish line the clock read 9.58, breaking his world record by 0.11 seconds, which is the biggest improvement in the 100-meter record since electronic timing began in 1968.
How dominant was Bolt’s performance? American Tyson Gay ran the race of his life, clocking in at a blazing 9.71, which was barely off of the old world record mark of 9.69, and by the half way point of the race it was clear that he did not have a chance to catch Bolt.
Gay is running times that would have left track and field great Carl Lewis in the dust, but he cannot come close to beating Bolt. The top five finishers of the race ran sub 10 seconds, but they were all runner for second place for the bulk of the race.
No other athlete is dominating his opponents like Bolt is.
Can Kobe Bryant claim the title as the world’s greatest athlete? No, because an argument can be made that LeBron James is better in the same sport. There is no argument that another track athlete is greater than Bolt.
Swimmer Michael Phelps? No. Much of his success can be attributed to the high tech body suits that are allowing a number of swimmers to destroy world records. Phelps has had a few close calls over the past year, and recently he lost a race. Bolt has not had any close races in over a year.
Tiger Woods? No. Many would question whether Woods is even an athlete, and Woods has not won any majors this season. While Bolt was making the world’s fastest men look slow, Woods was losing to… to… to Y.E. Yang? Before this weekend’s PGA Championships, Yang had never finished higher than 30th in a tournament.
Bolt is running against the fastest field ever in the sport of track and field and he’s demolishing them. He would even defeat Ben Johnson on steroids going away.
It is mind blowing to think that a human can run the 100-meter dash in the 9.5-second range. When Lewis set the record in 1991 he ran a 9.86. With that time he would have been able to watch Bolt slow up and showboat with 20 meters to go, and Lewis still would not be able to get anywhere near Bolt.
The field is so good today that Lewis’ world record of 9.86 would not have gotten him a medal at the world championships.
The scary thing is that Bolt is only 23 years old. He has many more years to dominate, and many more years to dominate.
No other athlete can claim that they are dominating the best athletes that their respective sports have ever had. Which would make Bolt the world’s greatest athlete.