SBS Remembers: Usain Bolt breaks the World Record

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Published on : August 20, 2016

 

These days, everyone knows Usain Bolt is the world’s fastest man. Currently holds three world records (100m, 200m and 4x100m relay) and nine gold medals in track. But before the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing, the Jamaican sprinter wasn’t yet a household name. Let’s jump back in time for this chapter of SBS Remembers to hear the story of how Bolt set the globe on fire with his blazing speed. He won gold, shattered the old world record and cemented his place in history.

 

Beijing 2008. From an interview we know that Usain Bolt woke up late, ate some McDonald’s. Got a massage, took a nap, ate more McNuggets, went the arena, light warm up and destroyed the world record. Then he DJ’d the afterparty. And you may be saying “he didn’t really eat fast-food before the biggest race of his life, right?” Yup, he totally did. He loves McNuggets. Bolt estimated he was eating 100-160 nuggets a day. He did NOT mention anything about dipping sauces. If I had to guess, I’d say he sticks with classic ketchup. Or maybe that sweet ‘n sour. Either way, that’s insane.

 

 

If you watch the video, it looks like he slows down at the end because he knows he has won and starts to celebrate. It’s a ten second race and he had enough time to get a substantial lead, recognize it, and then start savoring the moment. He pounds his chest before crossing the finish line. It’s like he didn’t even try very hard and he still smoked the old world record.

 

Then broke the record for the 200 meter dash. Then won gold in the 4×100 relay. And did it all with style. Oh yeah, his shoes are made of solid gold. You’d think that weigh him down. But nah. One year later, Bolt would smash his own 100m dash time of 9.69 seconds and clock in at 9.58. The current world record. It’s pure bananas to drop a whole tenth of a second of the best time ever recorded. Maybe he really tried that time. This is why people say he is the fastest person to ever walk the planet.

 

 

Four years later in the London 2012 games, he did it again. Three more golds in the 100m, 200m and the 4x100m relay. Plus he helped break the old 4x100m relay world record he and team Jamaica previously set. He wasn’t aging, he was just getting faster.

 

In Rio 2016, Bolt took gold again in the 100m dash. Making him the first athlete to win gold in the 100m three Olympics in a row. That’s a serious feat. Sports reporters always call Bolt more of a 200m runner but we can officially put that idea to rest. He’s a sprinter. The best ever. No surprise when the 6’5″ runner used his huge strides to win the the 200m and the 4x100m relay. That’s gold in all three events he competes in, three Olympics in a row. Bolt has never lost in the medal round of a race. All his medals are gold. Like those shoes.

 

Whether Usain Bolt ever races again, his 9 gold medals in short distances make him one of the most dominate track stars we have ever witnessed. He is a total character and simply an astonishing specimen. I consider myself lucky that he raced in an era where I was watching. Future athletes make break his records but no one will do it like him.

 

Nuggets.

 

 


Team USA Women’s Gymnastics owns Rio

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Published on : August 18, 2016

 

 

The women’s gymnastics events are all over. Each medal has a new home with a very proud owner. The lion’s share of that hardware is coming home to the United States thanks to “The Final Five.” This nickname is for the last five women to be trained under the tutelage of famed national team coordinator, Marta Karolyi, before she retires. The five gymnasts are Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian, and they straight owned the Rio games. This is how it all happened.

 

The team all-around. The first leg of the journey. Each gymnast does vault, balance beam, uneven bars and floor exercise and the highest combined team score wins. Team USA shined as they easily dominated the field. The final standing saw the crew up a whopping eight points ahead as they captured gold. It was a great start but there was much more to come.

 

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Individual all-around. By rule, each country can only send two gymnasts so Simone Biles and Aly Raisman got the nod. This is no knock on the others. Actually, Gabby Douglas averaged higher scores than any of the athletes competing for the other countries. She might have been the only person to give Biles and Raisman a challenge as she was the gold medalist in this event back in 2012. That’s how strong this team is. We have Douglas, the defending champ on the bench. That’s wild. No hard feelings I’m sure. All five are team first. Do it for Marta. Biles wins gold, Raisman silver.

 

On to the solo events. First was vault. Only Simone Biles qualified for the finals. Don’t worry she won gold and yes, she stuck the landing. Next up, the uneven bars. Both Douglas and Kocian made the medal round but Russia’s Aliya Mustafina took the top prize. Madison Kocian won silver after an incredible routine. She is only 16, so remember her now because she will be around.

 

 

Balance beam would be the only other gymnastic gold the American women would be denied. Sanne Wevers of the Neatherlands saw to that with a nearly flawless run. Beside her on the podium was Laurie Hernandez with the silver and Simone Biles with the bronze.

 

The last event, floor exercise. Biles and Raisman once again blew the doors off the joint with a super-heroic display. Biles could not be stopped. The 19-year-old claimed her forth gold of the Olympics. Her teammate, Raisman, followed up her 2012 floor exercise gold with a 2016 silver one. She too has a nice collection going.

 

 

The US women’s gymnastics program is legit and this isn’t news. They rocked the London Olympics in 2012 and all the big tournaments leading up to Rio. Then smashed the 2016 games. There is no reason to think this will change in 2020. Biles is the best in the world and she is surrounded by amazing talent. Reporters asked Raisman if she would retire but she hinted that maybe we could see her in at the next games. So who knows?

 

America leads in the overall medal count and more than a few of those puppies are thanks to the women on our excellent gymnastics team. So let’s take a second to honor them and their effort. And if any of The Final Five are reading this, I just want to say, I see you. I see your hard work and I thank you for it. Thank you for representing our country with class and grace.

 

Can’t wait for Tokyo 2020.

 

 


Olympic updates from Rio

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Published on : August 14, 2016

 

The 2016 Rio games are off and rolling. There is so much Olympic action that it is truly hard to keep up. Don’t fret, your buds here at ScoreBoredSports got your back. This is all the big news out of Rio de Janeiro. Things you may have missed and all the top stories. Here is what has happened so far.

 

Host Brazil

Opening ceremony was cool. Weird, but cool. Like if Cirque Du Soleil did a show about Paula Abdul. I mean there was lots of dancing. Then there was the parade introducing each country. The star of the show was the flag bearer from Tonga. So shiny and shirtless. Also, things have gone pretty smoothly in Brazil.. There was tons of chatter that Rio wasn’t ready but so far, so good (beyond the green water in the pool). And Zika seems to be more of a bad punchline than a real issue. In terms of medals, the host country only has a few. One gold and two bronzes in judo, plus a silver in shooting.

 

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Team USA

– Swimmer Michael Phelps wins gold medal number 23. That’s 28 total medals in his career. Making him the most decorated American Olympian ever.

 

– 19 year old, Katie Ledecky continues her dominance in the pool. Racking up four gold medals (200m Free, 400m Free, 800m Free and 4x200m relay) in Rio. While scattering a few world records. She is the future of swimming.

 

– Making history was Ibtihaj Muhammad. She claimed bronze in fencing for team USA but she made history as the first American athlete to compete wearing a hijab. An overall awesome story.

 

– Simone Manuel is the first African-American to win an individual swimming medal. She took gold in super dramatic fashion. Hats off to that.

 

 

– The US women’s gymnastics straight up owns. Winning gold in the team event, plus Simone Biles and Aly Raisman took gold and silver in the overall. Look for the Americans to sweep the individual events as well.

 

– Men’s Basketball avoids the upset against Australia on the shooting of Carmelo Anthony. Then barely sneaks away from Serbia. I can’t tell if they are headed for ruin or if this rough patch is what they need to galvanize the team.

 

Rest of the World

– In women’s soccer, Sweden knocks out favorite, USA, in penalty kicks. For the reigning World Cup champs, this is the first time they have ever missed the final round. The door is now open for Sweden to run the table and capture the top prize.

 

– China is second in the overall medal count with multiple golds in weightlifting, diving, and table tennis. Plus, single golds in swimming, track and field, shooting and cycling (track).

 

 

– We have seen Great Britain excel in rowing and cycling (track) but not much else. Step it up or the queen will have your head.

 

– Japan is doing well. They have taken top hardware in judo, swimming and gymnastics. Don’t sleep on the island.

 

– Russia naturally has multiple golds in judo and fencing. Because everyone thinks of Russia when it comes to judo and fencing. En garde comrade.

 

– A big surprise for me was South Korea and their dominance in archery. Of their six golds, four are in the sport. Bullseye.

 

 

– USA made a lot of swimming headlines but let’s take a second to recognize Hungary. The nation has seven medals in swimming so far and three of their seven are gold. Very nice. Way to make a splash.

 

Current medal count HERE.

 

There is plenty I left out. But the games have been great so far. Watch some. Even if it’s not your sport, check it out. You may just fall in love with the energy and effort. Or keep being lazy and check back here and I’ll tell you what happened. Plus jokes. Your choice.

 

Champions.

 

 


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