Saturday, August 16, 2008
Golden Boy Usain ‘Lightning’ Bolt
If anyone is likely to break a record it has to be Usain ‘Lightning’ Bolt (Jamaica). He is a giant at 6-foot-5-inches, and 195 pounds and already has broken the 100-meter world record, with a 9.72-second sprint in New York in May. By comparison to the reigning world champ US Tyson Gay (5;11”) and the former world-record holder Jamaican Asafa Powell (6” 1”), Usain tours above them making him an unusual sprint champion. The big man has a larger stride than his opponents and takes less than 45 strides to complete the 100m. His rivals average 48 strides. When the muscular athlete powers his way from the starting blocks he is virtually unbeatable. It has taken the athlete sometime to master his starts and he previously championed the 200m which gave him time to catch up with the rest of the field. Now he has worked on his starts he has shown himself to be a formidable competitor in both 100 and 200m. Usain is sponsored by Puma and competes in golden Theseus II sprint shoes. The shoes are embroidered with Bolt’s name and the race distance i.e he has different shoes for the 100m and the 200m. The Puma Complete Theseus II Croc track spike was developed for the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing. It has a full-length Pebax® spike plate and rubber heel and weighs 6.5 oz. Lightning’s shoes are golden which includes the upper, soles and laces.