Bolt Again

Usain Bolt.  Photo by Eckhard Pecher courtesy of Creative Commons Attribution 2.5.
Usain Bolt. Photo by Eckhard Pecher courtesy of Creative Commons Attribution 2.5.

He still clowns, he still does his trigger finger thing, and he even does the sign of the cross (which is pretty unusual for a Trelawny kid whom we believe was raised in the evangelical iconoclastic tradition); but right now who cares, for Usain Bolt, the Jamaican wunderkid has done it again, and broken the 100 metre world record at the 2009 Berlin World Athletic Championships.

His celebratory chest beating is still there, so is the little Jamaican jig with bronze medalist Asafa Powell, and while public relations purists like me would want to see his handlers manage him into political correctness, winners from other nations are keen to imitate his unique victory antics. This is the era of Usain 'Lightning' Bolt, and every other sprinter must settle for second best so long as his present form continues. Can he keep it up?

Lightning has already struck three times! He has set three records at the 100-metre distance with times of 9.72, 9.69, and powered away from the field in Berlin on Sunday, August 16, 2009 to lower the mark to 9.58. Now there's no telling how fast he can go. He believes 9.4 is possible. What do you think?

While you are trying to make up your mind let me share with you a joke I saw on Facebook; someone says that the Jamaican PM has suggested that Bolt was walking while the rest of the field was running, and there should be a penalty for that!

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