Sunday, April 10, 2011

Video: Usain Bolt runs a 8.79 relay split at the Penn Relays

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A record crowd of 54,310 filled in to historic Franklin Field in Philadelphia on Saturday to watch the world's greatest sprinter compete in our nation's greatest track meet. Usain Bolt didn't disappoint.

The double-gold medalist and world record holder ran a blistering 8.79 in the final leg of the 4x100-meter relay at the event, much to the delight of thousands in attendance dressed in Jamaican yellow and green. As expected, Bolt and his teammates won the relay with ease. The United States team once again had trouble passing off the baton and finished a disappointing second place, just the second time that's happened in the past 11 years.

Check out Bolt's electrifying run below. That it's probably only the fifth or sixth most impressive race/relay he's run over the past three years speaks to how dominant he is in the world of sprinting:

This wasn't Bolt's first appearance at the Penn Relays. He ran in the meet during each of his four years in high school. This time around he entered as the biggest track star on the planet. Bolt even cut down his six-figure appearance fee to run in Philly.

Amy Shipley of the Washington Post wrote of Bolt's speed, "[his] blistering relay leg ... made American anchor Ivory Williams look as if he were sprinting through sand."


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