2012 Summer Olympics

Usain Bolt 100m: Victory Shows That He Is the Greatest Sprinter of All Time

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 05:  Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates after winning the gold medal in the Men's 100m Final on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 5, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Scott CarasikContributor IIAugust 5, 2012

Usain Bolt wins yet another gold medal in the 100-meter dash, and in doing so, he has proven that he is the absolute best sprinter of all time.

His last name: Bolt. That's all that anyone needs to know when they think of speed.

Lightning bolts are fast, but Usain still beats them in straight-line speed. He has proven time and time again that no one will beat him in a straight-line race.

Bolt is an ideal physical specimen for racing. He has great height at 6'5" and a long stride that matches. On top of that, he also has an intense burst right off the line that gets him to top speed right away.

Usain Bolt was just dominant in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He was able to set the world record in the 100- and 200-meter dashes and was part of the Jamaica's overwhelming 4x100-meter relay team. Bolt's times were 9.69 seconds in the 100-meter, 19.19 seconds in the 200-meter and the 4x100-meter relay team set a time of 37.34 seconds in their race.

The London Olympics still haven't finished, but Bolt has beaten his Olympic record with a 9.63 in the 100-meter. Yet another record falls because he is so fast. At one time, 9.8 was the magic number to hit to get on the medal stand.

However, Tony Barrett of the British paper The Times says it best:

9.80 doesn't even get you a medal in the 100m anymore. Unreal.

— Tony Barrett (@TonyBarretTimes) August 5, 2012

That's because Bolt has not only raised the bar for the entire sport but has also completely changed how sprinting in the Olympics is perceived. He will go down in the record books as better than Michael Johnson, who once held the title of World's Fastest Man. 

Speaking of Johnson, he never held the world records in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes. Usain Bolt currently does, and because of this, Bolt will be regarded as the best sprinter of all time.

 

Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist and Trends and Traffic Writer for Bleacher Report. As a Featured Columnist, he covers the Atlanta Falcons, the NFL and the NFL Draft. He is also the Falcons analyst at Drafttek, runs the NFL Draft Website ScarDraft.com and hosts Kvetching Draftniks Radio.

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