h&f 0040 Usain’s still runnin’… Weltklasse meet in Zürich, Switzerland

Weltklasse Zürich

Tale of the Tape: Weltklasse Zürich

At the Weltklasse meet in Zürich, Switzerland, Usain Bolt kept his usual pace, physically not completely on top of his game, but still clocking a resounding 9.83 to win the first of the Golden League series of meets. Bolt’s take:

“My start was not too good. I concentrated on winning, and as I am starting to get a cold, I was not able to think about any faster a time. My coach told me that I should make sure to end the season healthy.”

Check the details, especially the super slow start, .193 reaction time from the gun, a fact which only emphasizes the power he is able to summon over this distance.

You know the drill.

Here’s a look at what track & field looks like in other countries: sold out arenas, and not just because of Bolt.

The meet organizers report that: “The Weltklasse Zürich meeting packed 26,000 spectators into the sold-out Letzigrund Stadium for a top-level competition only five days after the closing ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics. The triple Olympic champion in sprint, Usain Bolt, ran the 100 metres without pushing completely to the end but still produced an exceptional time of 9.83.  The most outstanding performances of the evening belonged to a pair of Africans:  The 800m Olympic champion Pamela Jelimo of Kenya earned her place in the sport’s history with an unbelievable 1:54.01 time, and double Olympic winner Kenenisa Bekele ran much of his 5000m race alone but still clocked 12:50.18.  Both were year bests in their respective events.”

Oh, here’s what 9.83 looks like:



~ by ericjhenderson on August 30, 2008.

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