The last couple of days, I have seen how much better Usain Bolt is when compared to his competition. First, he reduced his WR time in the 100 metres to 9.58 (only one or two others have come close to the mark he broke, forget about the new one which is 0.11 seconds better). I pity the cameramen trying to chase down the world’s fastest human on the track, overburdened by their equipment.
Next, he brought down his own 200 metre mark beating the second-place dude by 0.62 seconds. You need to watch the video of the race to understand what that gap represents – and this was in a World-level final.
(No, I don’t understand German, but I don’t need to – this one is a pleasure just to watch)
So anyway, this morning, I had a thought. A couple of decades ago, an old Bobby Riggs was pitted against Margaret Court (beat her) and then against Billie Jean King (lost to her). How about trying something like that with Usain Bolt?
No, I don’t mean to have him run against an aged horse or something, but how about this? Bolt vs. Phelps in the swimming pool? Bolt runs and Phelps swims, of course! 100 yards in speedo, super speedo, or the birthday suit, whatever is acceptable to both gentlemen ;-). Here’s my take on it:
– up to 3 feet of water, I bet Bolt wins and Phelps has a lot of hurt in his knuckles, palms, knees etc.
– over 5 feet of water, Phelps will definitely bolt ahead.
It is what happens between 3 feet and 5 feet of water that would be really interesting. Where is Don King? I have a dream!!
PS: Looks like someone already has had a similar dream!
PPS: Cameramen with built-in cameras(!), chasing down Bolt at the end of the race (check out @
1:350.42 mark of the first video of this post) … that would be nice to watch too 🙂