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Saturday, 23 October 2010

The fastest man in the world


"Lightning Bolt"

Everyone who follows the world of sport in some detail would have surely heard that the fastest man in the world is a certain Jamaican gentleman going by the name of Usain Bolt. Along with holding the world record for the 100 meters dash, he also holds the world record for the 200 meters dash, and is also a part of the team that holds the world record for the 4 x 100 meters relay dash.

A true champion, Bolt is also a 3 time Olympic gold medalist, and holds the Olympic record for these 3 events as well. Going by the sounds of it, there truly is no one on the planet faster than him, and it is safe to say that he is, undoubtedly, the fastest man in the world.


Popularly known as 'Lightning Bolt', the Jamaican set his world record in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. He set the new record for the 100 meters dash at 9.69 seconds, breaking his own previously set record of 9.72 seconds which he clocked earlier the same year. For the 200 meters dash, he set the record at 19.30 seconds, breaking the precious best of 19.32 seconds set by Michael Johnson in 1996.
To an ordinary layman, these times and records may not mean much. But many people claim that Usain Bolt is so fast that he can actually race a bullet fired from a gun. Now this may be a slight exaggeration, but it just goes to show the status of this legendary 23 year old. Its hard not to get taken aback by the fact that he is still only 23 years old.

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