By Raaj Datta (NVONews.Com)
The “double-double” cheers had even come to an end yet; Usain Bolt struck for the third time in 2012 London Olympics. After the victory in the 100-metres and the 200-metres, there came Usain with the bolt for the 4×100 relay. But will he deliver a triple-triple at the Rio Games?
On being asked about Rio, Bolt said that he came to London to become a legend and he is one now. He added that he doesn’t have any more goals now, insisting that Rio isn’t necessarily in the offing.
As some would have expected, Bolt did not break his world record; he just came to run as a legend and he did just that. Bolt won the 100-metre in 9.63 seconds and the 200-metre in 19.32. His only rival was his teammate and training partner, Blake, who took home the silver in both.
Usain Bolt is by all means the greatest sprinter alive, and it will be quite some time or may be beyond our lifetime that the world will see such speed by a human. For the people, it is not just the speed that makes Bolt a legend, it is how he connects with the spectators.
After the relay got over, Bolt pleaded the authorities to let him keep the baton and he actually got it. It was like another feather to his triple-gold haul. After he got all that he wanted, Bolt said that it was just something to remind him of London.
If we talk about practicality, Bolt has perhaps delivered the best in him and when he said he had achieved all that he wanted, he was probably speaking the truth. By the next Olympics in Rio, Bolt would be around 30, while his training partner and competitor would only be 25. That’s a lot of difference there.
If not impossible, it would like pushing the human limits beyond the maximum. Also, breaking and creating a new world records make things more difficult. Even if it’s a relay race we ask from Bolt four years from now, it would be asking way too much.
Bolt on Twenty-20 in Australia
Bolt has achieved the ultimate in athletics and his madness for cricket is not secret. If things take this particular course, we may very soon see fastest man on the earth running between the wickets in the Twenty-20 Big Bash League in Australia. But no many know that Bolt played junior cricket before he unleashed his fury on the running tracks.
In an interview with Australia’s Channel Nine television on Sunday, Bolt said that Shane Warne had contacted him and asked if he was serious. Bolt added that the Australian cricketer could get it done.
Bolt has openly expressed his interest in Twenty-20 and that if given the chance, he would definitely give a try.
Clint Cooper, the chief executive of the Melbourne Stars is supposed to take things forward once the celebrations in Bolt’s Jamaica settle down a bit. There is still some time as the Big Bash League will start from December 7, 2012.
As for Bolt, he’s just 25 and has a lot to offer in the days to come.