If you're like me you watched this year's Olympic games every night that they were broadcast, and if so you saw Usain Bolt of Jamaica officially become the world's fastest man after winning the 100 meter dash. If you're also like me you hate the showboating and grandstanding displayed by highly talented athletes after they kick a significant amount of ass in their respective sports and Bolt was no different; a study by The New Scientist answers a question I've had ever since his premature celebration in Beijing:
HOW quickly would Usain Bolt have run the 100 metres at the Beijing Olympics if he hadn't slowed in celebration before the finish line? A team of physicists have calculated an answer: the Jamaican gold medallist could have slashed his time from 9.69 seconds to 9.55 seconds.Now I assume that pretty much every reader of this little blog of mine is not the world's best at anything, and if you are why are you wasting training time reading my stuff? So I, and I assume you the reader too, could only imagine what it must feel like to run that fast and receive the accolades that Bolt has so I'll employ the posterity argument instead: that's your name next to a world record! You couldn't hold your shit together to compete professionally for ten fucking seconds? I know the guy is only 21 but come on: just try to show some humility and class while you're on the world stage. Your country will thank you for it later.
In the final 20 metres of the race on 16 August, Bolt extended his arms and thumped his chest in celebration, slowing himself a little. But he still broke the world record he himself had set in May.