As easy as Sunday morning — or a Sunday night stroll.
Without having Tyson Gay in the Beijing Olympic 100 meter finals, I’m pretty sure there were some people who doubted that Usain Bolt would not have won gold, believing that Gay could actually beat Bolt. Oh, really?
In the most anticipated sporting event since the ‘Thiller in Manilla,’ Bolt showed how easy it really is to run a 100 in world record time. With Gay on his heels — far on his heels — Bolt won the World Championship in 9.58 seconds, the fastest time ever to be ran by a human being.
“I said that anything could happen and it did. It was a big target but I got 9.58 and I’m really happy with myself,” said Bolt according to Christopher Clarey of the New York Times. “I was ready, I was feeling good after the semifinals . I came out and executed it in the finals.”
There is no question that Gay was moving — his 9.71 set the American record — but still he would have been No. 2 in Beijing just as he was on Sunday and just as he was in New York last summer.
“I ran the best I could,” Gay said according to CNN.com.
To the world, Bolt’s time may seem unbelievable, unfathomable but for Bolt it was another day in the office. Watching Bolt during the rounds was like watching someone sitting on the beach. Take Bolt’s semifinal round were he was timed at a 9.89. After getting out somewhat hard, Bolt jogged — JOGGED — the final 40 meters, something he does frequently in many races that he’s in.
And that in itself is unreal. Bolt is so fast, so dominate that he jogs to win after win. Bolt jogs because it’s easy.
So as our collective jaws drop at the 9.58, Bolt just runs it while taking it easy.