Usain Bolt picked up the slack left by Michael Phelps’ week 1 performance in these Beijing games more than adequately by going 3-for-3-for-3 as in 3 races, 3 gold medals and 3 world records; something that has never been done by a sprinter at a single Olympic games.
So as these Olympic games come to a conclusion, two stars have emerged head and shoulders above the rest as the story of the games — Phelps in week 1 and Bolt in week 2. But inevitably, as with all sports, a discussion emerges about who has been more impressive. Both have accomplished incredible feats that have never been seen before in their respective sports but only one has removed their sport from the bad light it had in being associated with doping.
At the end of the day, this discussion begins and ends with Bolt. plain and simple. His accomplishments are far more impressive than what Phelps did in swimming.
It’s like someone else on here said: swimming world records get broken every day. Look at the records Bolt broke! The 200 was 12 yrs old, a record that nobody thought would be touched! It’s like Joe D’s 56 straight getting broken. Then he and his Jamaican teammates go and break a 24 yr old record in the 4×100 relay! Not to mention the fact that he became the FIRST EVER to set world records in both individual sprint events (100, 200) in the same Olympic games. And get this! He hasn’t even reached his prime! he still has 4-5 years before he does! In London in 2012 he could eclipse both marks and bring the records down into stupid times!
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No matter who you side with though (after all it is a great debate), let’s agree on one thing: these two are remarkable athletes that deserve to not only forever be remembered for their performances here, but also forever included in the discussions of “most dominant in their sport” when those discussions come up with Tiger Woods in golf, Roger Federer in Tennis (maybe not so much anymore with Nadal taking over as No. 1), Tom Brady in Football or Kobe Bryant in Basketball. Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps need to be thrown in there with Tiger as 1, 2, 3, in most dominant athletes of their respective sports. Period.