Toronto Mike

Usain Bolt's 9.58 Reminds me of Ben Johnson's 9.79


I heard the 100m final from the World Championship in Germany was taking place at 3:35 this afternoon, but CBC was airing tennis.  Then, I remembered this fandangled new invention called the internet. was streaming the final live and I witnessed Usain Bolt shatter his world record with an unbelievable time of 9.58 seconds.  9.58.... wow.  I still can't believe it.  Here's the video evidence, in German to preserve the authenticity.

No other event at these world championships piqued my interest but I made sure I saw the 100m final live.  You could sense the record was going to fall.  You knew Bolt could run faster.  I think he can run raster, still.

Watching Bolt blow away the opposition reminded me of Ben Johnson's 9.79 in Seoul. 24-hours later, Ben broke our hearts, but for a glorious day in 1988, Ben was without a doubt the fastest man in the world.

Because I'm a glutton for punishment, here's Ben's drug-assisted 9.79.

I hope Usain Bolt is clean.  I want him to make the world stop at 9.4s.

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