Saturday night — 6-foot-5-inch Usain Bolt of Jamaica — won the 100-meter race at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and, in grabbing the gold, he lost so much more.
With 25-meters left in the race, and with Usain in the lead, he pulled up — not lame, but on purpose — to showboat and gloat and humiliate his competitors.
You can see in the three images below how Usain — during the race — lowered his arms, looked around and then started to beat his chest in hollow victory”
Usian didn’t humiliate his competitors or even the Olympics — he degraded himself and his new World Record because he did not try his best. You never slow down during a race unless you are injured.
Instead of running against history for time and instead of challenging himself on a world stage to achieve an immortal personal greatness — he merely ran fast enough just to beat his competitors — and doing “just enough” to win is not how a True Olympian behaves or races.
In fact, many believe Usain could have set a truly extraordinary World Record if he had only demanded the best from himself:
After Bolt — in only his eighth 100 final — broke his previous world record of 9.72 with a 9.69, there were two main questions.
“It looked like he could have gone 9.54 seemingly,” said Marc Burns of Trinidad & Tobago, who finished seventh (10.01).
“It had to cost him some,” said Tyson Gay, No. 3 all time, who failed to make the final in his first competition since a hamstring injury six weeks ago. “Maybe he could have (gone) 0.60 low or some say 59. It’s amazing.”
When you look at Usain and his Word Record, you can only wonder, “What could he have done if he only tried?”
Usain Bolt may be the fastest man on earth — but he has forever
tainted his win and stained his gold medal with bad sportsmanship by
defeating the purpose of the Olympics: Do your best and be a good
example for others to follow for inspiration.