"His exertions this week have taken a lot out of him," said Mr. Johnson, whose 200m world record was broken by Bolt in Beijing last year in the Olympic final when the Jamaican ran 19.30 seconds. "He's also been very busy and he looks tired. It is certainly less possible than it was a few nights ago. Also he has said that his training this year hasn't been as good as last year."
Moments later, Boldon was noshing on crow.
Bolt led from the get-go and by the midway point he was meters ahead of a pack of the world's fastest runners. He crossed the finish line with a grimace.
“He made a liar out of me tonight,” said Mr. Boldon. “That’s what I get for doubting the Lightning Bolt.”
“This might be the biggest and greatest world record he’s broken,” Boldon said, explaining that the track world had thought Bolt would struggle for a long time to get anywhere near 19.20.
MJ, Tiger, …. Bolt?
This all begs the question: Is it too early to start talking about Bolt in the same breath as other athletes whose performance literally changed their sport, champions such as Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods?