The Olympic exploits of Jamaica’s most successful sprinter – Usain Bolt have been ranked as the best among sporting performances over the last decade by the US news network ABC.
A section of an article penned by ABC’s Mark Osborne reads:
“Bolt, the impossibly cool, wickedly fast sprinter from Jamaica, changed the sport of sprinting throughout the decade. Never was his dominance more evident than in London when he walked into the Olympics as something of an underdog — despite becoming a worldwide celebrity following the 2008 games. He had lost in his country’s qualifiers to up-and-coming star Yohan Blake before heading to London. But big-time stars come up big in big-time situations.
The fastest man on the planet came out of the gates slow — not unusual — before passing American Justin Gatlin and Blake and shattering the Olympic record. Bolt cruised — literally, taking a chance to peek at his rival Blake before the line — to gold in the 200-meter final and then earned a three-event sweep with a gold in the 4×100-meter relay.”
He added: “After the 100-meter final, he called himself the “greatest athlete to live.” Four years later, it was pretty impossible to argue he wasn’t at least in the discussion. Bolt completed another three-event sweep in 2016 at the Rio Olympics just two days before his 30th birthday. By 2017, he’d won every 100-meter race he’d entered for four years. And while he lost at the 2017 world championships, the 2012 and 2016 Olympics will go down in history forever.”
The network ranked the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series in 2016 as the second best sports story of the last decade. Their previous World Series title was in 1908.
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