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.