Usain Bolt edged his way to the All-time world champion rank by winning eight gold and two silver medals. He edged out Carl Lewis’s record of eight gold medals, one silver and a bronze medal. He competed successfully in Moscow winning three gold medals in the IAAF World Championship finals.
Bolt participated in the 4×100-meter relay in which two years ago in South Korea he did not participate because of a false start in the race. Bolt out ran Justin Gatlin in the race to guide Jamaica to a victory in the relay. Gatlin and the Americans botched the relay hand off which resulted in Bolt out racing Gatlin for the victory on Sunday.
“I wasn’t really worried about Justin, I knew if he got the baton in front of me, I could catch him,” Bolt said. “So it was just going out there to run as fast as possible.” Bolt came from behind to catch Gatlin and pass him solidifying the win for Jamaica. Bolt got the baton on the anchor and exhibited superior speed in his foot race to win the medal.
Usain Bolt edged his way to the All-time world champion rank establishing him as a legitimate Olympic standout. “It’s not just about the talent. It’s about rising to the occasion. He understands what that means,” Gatlin said. He finished 2nd in the 100 meter race with a time of 9.99 to advance to the semi-finals.
Observers compared Bolt’s accomplishments with Olympic great Carl Lewis. “It is just great,” Bolt said of the comparison. “I’ll continue dominating. I’ll continue to work hard. For me, my aim is to continue hard into the greatness thing.” Bolt electrified the Luzhniki Stadium of 40,000 fans with his athletic performance.
The U.S. domination of the races fell short and for the first time in 30 years they failed to lead the inaugural world championship gold standings. The Jamaicans gave formidable performances in the men and women’s 4×100 relays. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won a gold in the relays and the women’s team won a sweep of six sprint events in the world championships.
Bolt’s athletic prowess shows no sign of abating any time soon and the Olympic star looks to be a dominate force in the upcoming Olympics. Justin Gatlin is considered the go to person for America in bringing home the gold in the 100 meters. He would be essential in positioning the men’s 4×100 relay team in placing in the Olympics and possibly winning the gold.
The Jamaican Olympic team will prove a formidable force to beat as they proved invincible in their world championship appearance. With Usain Bolt edging his way to the rank of all-time world champion, the Jamaican 4×100 relay team will be the probable winners of the gold in the upcoming Olympics.
By Thomas Barr