From early 2008 when he set his first world record until the end of 2012, my summers largely consisted of chasing Usain Bolt, still the world’s fastest man. A couple times I actually caught him.
This was taken six years ago today from my press seat at the 2009 World Track and Field Championships in Berlin when Bolt returned to the track a few hours after he clocked an otherwordly 9.58 seconds world record in the 100 meters. My habit of usually being among the last to leave the media tribune paid off here.
That record still stands; here’s a quick breakdown of what that performance meant more precisely:
Bolt covered the distance in 41 total strides at 4.28 strides per second, his average speed was 37.6 kilometers per hour, and he reached a peak speed of just under 46 Km/H.
Here’s my report of his Berlin 100m race for track and field’s international governing body on IAAF.org. Four days later he’d break the record in the 200m, clocking 19.19. That record also still stands.
If you’re a fan, here’s another pic I posted of Bolt taken after a race in Ostrava, Czech Republic in 2011. All things considered, it’s my favorite shot of Bolt.
And for the record, today’s Pic du Jour, the site’s 590th straight, was snapped on 16 August 2009 at Berlin’s 1936 Olympic stadium.