Sunday, August 17, 2008

Of Bolts and Bullets

Beijing 08 Olympics have been hogged by only 2 men.Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt.The 100 m race is always considered a showpiece event in any Olympics because anybody that wins this race is awarded the "FASTEST MAN ON THE EARTH" title.Past Olympics have always produced sensational performances from best athletes.This time it was touted as the battle of the big THREE.But as it turned out Tyson Gay didnt even qualify and the final was 1 horse race.Bolt was so superior than the rest that he jogged for the last 50m.Had he raced at full speed he would have clocked 9.6 sec.It was almost as if he was mocking his rivals in the end.As for the other highlight of this Olympics,Phelps has been in sensational form.To aim at an impossible target and achieve it is a feat by itself.Except 100m Butterfly and the 4X100m relay races ,the rest were won with atleast 2-3 sec to spare.Also the 100m butterfly was the closest race of all time.Phelps won by a whisker.Named as "BALTIMORE BULLET",his journey as a world beater has been phenomenal.In his youth, Phelps was diagnosed with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) He started swimming at age seven, partly because of the influence of his sisters and partly to provide him with an outlet for his energy.