Does anyone really know how fast is “Lightning “? Yes, I am referring to none other than the “Fastest man on earth”, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt. He has won his 3rd consecutive gold medal in the 100 meters, which no one has ever done, and tomorrow night he will be going after his 3rd consecutive gold medal in the 200 meters. Another feat that no one has accomplished.
He holds the world records for both the 100 and 200 meters, which he set in 2009 Olympics. That world record for the 100 meters is still 9.58 seconds, and the 200 meters is still 19.19 seconds. Although, he won the 100 meters this pass Sunday in 9.81 seconds, he will certainly be challenged this Thursday night by the young Canadian, De Grasse, who was on his heels in the semi-finals tonight. Bolt finished the semi-finals heat with a 19.78 seconds, but De Grasse pushed him with 19.80 seconds. No doubt the world record will be challenged with these two athletes face off in the Thursday night 200 meters finals.
I also love what the American ladies in track and field have accomplished at the Olympics. The United States has swept the medals in the 100-meter hurdles at the Olympics. Brianna Rollins, the 2013 world champion, won with 12.48 seconds. Nia Ali had silver with 12.59 and Kristi Castlin had 12.61 for bronze. This was a first in Olympic history.
Also, Two-time world champion Tianna Bartoletta finally got her an Olympic gold medal, winning the long jump final with a life-time best 7.17 meters. The 30-year-old American, who won her world titles a decade apart in 2005 and '15, responded to two big jumps from Ivana Spanovic and Brittney Reese on the fifth attempt to regain the lead with one round remaining. The lead stood.
Defending Olympic champion Brittney Reese of the United States, after three fouls on her first four attempts, took silver Wednesday with a best of 7.15 on her last go.
I am looking forward to the 4 by 100 relays which will be featuring the fastest men in the world. Usain Bolt will most likely run his last race in this event, and another chance to place his name in the Olympic record books.
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