Usain Bolt's most impressive world record in 2008: 100m or 200m? | The Tylt
Usain Bolt's most impressive world record in 2008: 100m or 200m?
A bombastic Usain Bolt stepped into the blocks with incredible confidence at the 100-meter sprint final in Beijing. His cocky demeanor was well deserved—he was the world record holder in the event. His victory was basically assured, but the most impressive part of this race was when he pulled up about 20 meters short of the finishing line, beat his chest and still broke his own world record. There may never be another racer who jogs the final stretch of a sprint, and still dominate the field.
Michael Johnson's 200m performance at the 1996 Olympic Games ranked as one of the greatest in track with Johnson shattering the previous world record by more than three-tenths of a second. Johnson's record stood for 12 years before Usain Bolt stepped onto the track in Beijing in 2008. There was no messing around in this race. Bolt didn't pull up 20 meters short, and he didn't beat his chest. He went full out, and topped Johnson's record with an impressive effort.