Usain Bolt gets a Tyson's Style Knockout Punch
For the past few years, Usain Bolt was looking invincible as he won event after event with consummate ease. The 100 m sprint event in all major competitions was becoming boring with Mr Bolt predictably winning the event with no apparent competition in sight. However, in the IAAF Diamond League, presently underway at Stockholm, Sweden, Tyson gave Usain a bolt from the blue with him by winning the 100 M sprint with consummate ease.
How did this happen? Tyson was Usain's closest competitor but still has lost to him many times. What changed this time? Well, my guess is that Usain is losing his motivation to win. He feels that he has achieved everything and there is no competition good enough to challenge him. Bolt needs a jolt to get him out of his stupor.
My guess is that Usain took part in this event just to infuse some interest in the sprint world. A single athlete dominating an event does not make for interesting reading. Great rivalries are what the media loves, the people love. They love the uncertainty of who is going to win an event. They want an underdog to challenge the champion. Sure enough, they shall feel bad when the champion loses, but the thrill of an underdog winning gives them hope that normal people can also achieve greatness. They live their dreams through the underdog.
It is almost certain that Usain being the smart person, that he is (including his immense talent) has realised this fact. Though I will not go to the extreme of saying that he lost this last event purposely (champions rarely do that) , but he surely didn't practice for it. He was not motivated enough and also realised that one or two losses before the Olympics will give him the desired level of motivation to practice hard to retain his title. One of the biggest challenges that great champions face is to keep their desire to win. It is a mental game. This loss also perk up interest among the spectators witnessing a great rivalry (like between jesse Owens and Lutz Long) which will, in the end improve Trp's and advertising revenue.
At the end of the day, it all about the money and keeping alive the desire to win. Usain Bolt shall win the Olympic medal in the 100 M sprint. Tyson Gay, just enjoy this win, you don stand a chance in the olympics, because Mr Bolt has just rediscovered his desire to win.