About Last Night

I wonder how many people remember this movie from 1986! But this isn’t about About Last Night, it’s about LAST NIGHT! How many of you marveled at Usain Bolt’s stunning performance in the 200m final. Was there any doubt at all that he would win gold to add to his 100m gold from Saturday night? Not in my mind. My surprise was how narrowly he “smashed” Michael Johnson’s 19.32 second world record by just 0.02 seconds. No showboating this time, he gave it 100% till he crossed the line, but even then he came dangerously close to leaving the world record intact.

Remarkably, both the silver and bronze medalists were later disqualified, which kind of means he was even further ahead of the field than it appeared, with second place Shawn Crawford well over half a second behind.

He’s the first person to win 100m and 200m Olympic golds at the same time since 1984 (Carl Lewis) and the only person ever to break both records and win both events at the same Olympics.

I apologise to non-sports fans but it is the Olympics and for me, this has been *the* story of the 2008 Olympics and I just had to express my admiration for “the lightning bolt”.

It was also an educational evening for me at least, as I’ve learned a new country – Saint Kitts and Nevis – thanks to Kim Collins (2003 100m World Champion no less), who deserves something for putting his tiny country on the map!

So there you have it – entertaining and educational. What more can you ask of the Olympic games.

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17 Responses to About Last Night

  1. Swiss James says:

    I knew St Kitts and Nevis, but wasn’t sure if the “Dutch Antilles” was a country or a skin condition until last night.

    When Zimbabwe came up, Dingle said
    “I thought they were a band?”

  2. Woaizhongguo says:

    Well I thought Congo was a type of drums ….

  3. Rob says:

    About Last Night is a comedy classic. Right up there with CaddyShack and SlapShot.

  4. Woaizhongguo says:

    Indeed Rob. Your last name isn’t Lowe by any chance is it?

  5. D says:

    good story.

    god is fair, he/she gave the blacks speed and the asian flexibility.

    i sometimes think olympics is about money and country’s pride. The olympic spirit really shines when somebody does it from their backyark to the big game with style.

  6. Penny says:

    Stunning report , Peter . It’s also my educational moment while I read your blog today since I missed LAST NIGHT event .

  7. Woaizhongguo says:

    Penny – I am sure they have been repeating the race all day today but how could you miss it? I set my alarm clock for 10.10pm to make sure I didn’t miss what I knew would be a historic event.

  8. b says:

    I learnt today that Saint Kitts and Nevis is not two but one nation. Thanks woai

  9. Woaizhongguo says:

    b – Yes, but I think Nevis wants to break away from St Kitts and declare independence, but those St Kitts leaders won’t let it happen. Could it possible be the only country in the world with the word “and” in its name?

  10. Rich says:

    Trinidad & Tobago ;)

  11. CP says:

    WoAi – Any country ending in “-land” technically contains an “and”. England, Scotland, Thailand, Greenland… ;)

  12. Woaizhongguo says:

    Rich – I said give me a country with the word “and” in it. That’s an ampersand! To be honest, I always assumed they were 2 countries that were so small they had to combine for sporting events.

    CP – Very clever!

    Swiss – Is that a country? Thought it was just an extension of the US.

  13. CP says:

    Following Swiss’s logic, how about Xizhandg?

  14. dingle says:

    its a good one, i remember that movie very well

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  16. Woaizhongguo says:

    dingle the imposter please use a different name!

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