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article imageOp-Ed: Can anyone beat Usain Lightning Bolt?

By Eliot Elwar     Aug 11, 2012 in World
In the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Usain Bolt became the first sprinter in Olympic track and field history to successfully defend both 100m and 200m Olympic titles in consecutive Games. Bolt’s dominance will transform the future of sprinting.
In 2008, he ran 9.69 seconds in the 100m and 19.30 seconds in the 200m before returning this year to defend his title with an Olympic record of 9.63 seconds in the 100m and 19.32 seconds in the 200m, according to NBC Olympics.
Usain Bolt does not appear to have any real competition except for his countryman and training partner Yohan Blake (AKA the Beast). Within the past few years, Blake has challenged Bolt by running 9.75 seconds in the 100m and 19.26 seconds in the 200m. Nevertheless, many sports analysts conclude that Bolt cannot be beaten because of his impressive 1.96m (6-ft 5-in) frame. Bolt only takes 41 steps to finish 100m under 10 seconds, while other sprinters require 44 steps to complete the same race.
According to many sprint coaches, Usain Bolt should be able to run faster times when he cleans up his sprinting technique to become a more efficient sprinter. If Bolt stays healthy and successfully overcomes the flaws in his sprinting, we should expect to see 9.45 100m and 19.00 200m. Bolt is still young and world class sprinters don’t fully mature physically until the ages of 28 and 29; therefore, Bolt could set new world records by the 2016 Olympics.
Bolt will transform the way coaches select sprinters for the 100m and 200m events. We should begin to see an evolution in the physical stature of future sprinters. There are many athletes around the globe with the physical height, athleticism, and speed to challenge Bolt in sprinting. We see these men competing in sporting events in the National Football League (NFL) and the National Basketball Association (NBA). Bolts victories mean that more tall athletes will expand their abilities to track and field sprinting competitions.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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