I’m about all out of superlatives for the Jamaican sprinters. After having already taken most of the sprinting events, two in WR time thanks to Usain Bolt, the 4×100 Men’s continued the trend with another commanding, world-record-setting win.
When all was said and done, they had set a new world record of 37.10, .3 seconds better than the 16-year old mark set by the US, and won by a .96 second margin. Trinidad & Tobago, featuring NCAA Champ Richard Thompson, placed 2nd. Check the description below, per The New York Times:
Bolt turned an even race into a blowout about halfway through his leg, the third of four. He turned the corner, made a smooth handoff to Powell, the anchor man, and then started yelling at him — knowing the world record was in sight.
It was only a matter of time.
Just as Bolt had done when he ran 19.30 in the 200 to break Michael Johnson’s mark, Powell drove hard to the finish, leaning at the line, then looking at the clock.
”All I can say is, yo, Jamaican sprinters taking over the world,” Bolt said.
Sounds about right. Congrats to the team and to Asafa Powell in particular, who won his first Olympic medal. It’s also noteworthy that, had they not dropped the baton in their race, the women’s squad was set to take the gold as well.
Taking over, indeed.