By now you may have heard about Usain Bolt’s triumph at last night’s IAAF World Championship in Berlin, Germany. He broke his own 100 meter World Record by an astounding eleven one-hundredths of a second. That’s equivalent to an eternity by normal standards.
This is nothing new for Bolt, who has lowered the record from 9.74 to the current 9.58. Just absurd.
Bolt exploded onto the scene during the 2008 Olympics in Beijing when he broke the 100m world record and then followed it up with another world record in the 200m. People took to the flamboyant Jamaican’s pre and post race antics, which made him the perfect media piece. He was the perfect follow up to Michael Phelps’ record breaking performance earlier at the Olympics.
9.58 seems like an unattainable number to me, but it still looks like Bolt is running at half speed. I’d say it’s a pretty safe bet to assume he’s going to lower the record even more before he’s through.