[quote author="Kendall Rackley" date="1250839712"]Yeah, there really is nothing to say about 19.19… it wasn’t even fathomable before the olympics…
[quote author="Nick Newman" date="1250817486"][quote author="Snoof" date="1250817230"][quote author="ScottMiele" date="1250816269"]no ones impressed with the 19.19? lol
Yeah just dunno what to say about it all…
No one has ever ran that fast, no one has ever improved as fast as him, Jamaica has never been THIS dominant before until recently…Just a lot of question marks really…
I’m not as sure as other people that what he’s doing is all that great for the sport and other athletes in it…[/quote]
Is there anyone else who believes that Bolt breaking world records like this might not be good for the sport? I feel pretty bad for Alonso Edward. 19.81…[/quote]
Yeah, I kinda agree. Bolt’s kinda made track and field history seem silly, he’s blown the whole game wide open. It’s kind of demoralizing for everyone else. Bolt has certainly brought some much needed good media attention back to the athletics scene, but he’s gone so far now he has sort of generated his own world. He’s effectively in the process of superseding the sport entirely, a one man empire, and if it crashes the sport will take a crippling blow as well. We’ve just got to hope it all plays out well. I hope Bolt realizes the extent of “hidden” pressure that is set firmly on his shoulders now. He’s both a beacon of light (maybe a tad too bright), but he’s also potentially a gaping chasm. Lets just hope he’s been playing a fair game, even when others don’t. He is an anomaly no matter what mind you, hopefully non-track maniacs understand that and limit their speculation and just enjoy the show and be attracted to the remainder of the sport whilst they’re at it.
Btw, not feeling ‘too’ sorry for Alonso Edward right now. Silver behind the GOAT in 19.81 at 19yo! Whose to say he won’t progress like Bolt, he could be giving him trouble at 2012. There’s certainly no reason to think he’s finished his progression at 19, even marginal improvements are gigantic steps for him from here on out. Him and Jehue Gordon could be some of the next big things.[/quote]
Couldn’t agree more. It’s great that track is getting the media attention it deserves, but it’s being highlighted by Bolt entirely. I’m concerned about the “non-track maniacs” you mentioned who would probably go to a track meet and be disappointed if someone didn’t get sub 20.
When I meant about Alonso was that he wasn’t talked to that much for his performance. But I can also understand that a world record was just broken by a huge margin so he wouldn’t get his accolades. 19.81 at 19 is just… wow. I’m gonna watch out for this guy because Bolt didn’t even run that when he was 19… I don’t think.