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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Stop Hating on Usain Bolt!

Micheal Johnson (American) the then 200m record holder relayed "It’s all about what he does three, four, five years down the line". Bolts talents were recognised by the sprinting hierarchies, the same elders that are now trying to discredit his winnings. In Fact they never believed in Bolts potency, they hope like most parents do when they realised their neighbors child might bloom into a more beautiful flowers than theirs:that Bolt might wilt along the way. i remember it like it was yesterday when Terry Yates burst into our form room talking about the youngster from William Knibb Usain “lightning” Bolt as the media had dubbed him from his stellar performance in the national junior champs and International Amateur sprint Games. I surmised back then in my precocious mind that a few years from ow, Jamaica would be doing big things on the male side of athletics. It was in the same train of thought that i hypothesise that my then Manning’s School football team that won a championship trophy for the first time would be a force to be reckoned with at the Dacosta Cup level. As a child ,my conjecture was simple, that age comes with a natural progression and improvement of matter. One writer wrote that Usain Bolt did not fall out of a tree and he is definitely correct. Only the Americans and other naysayers seem to think that Usain Bolt sprinting talents just manifested overnight. It is as if Bolt went from coming last in races to breaking world records. You see this is a maxim that elders in my culture embrace and it goes like this “People don’t remember or see you when you were nobody and these same people will be the ones quickest to tear you down when you become somebody. John Public will never see the strides you took to reach where you are. He doesn’t care, all John Public sees is your achievement which in his treacherous mind, he wants for himself and thinks you undeserving and hence begins his crusade to bring you down. In the year 2002 , then Prime Minister P.j Patterson asked Usain Bolt after recognising his talents to join the Jamaica Amatuer Athletics Association. Even Micheal Johnson (American) the then 200m record holder relayed “It’s all about what he does three, four, five years down the line”. Bolts talents were recognised by the sprinting hierarchies, the same elders that are now trying to discredit his winnings. In Fact they never believed in Bolts potency, they hope like most parents do when they realised their neighbors child might bloom into a more beautiful flowers than theirs:that Bolt might wilt along the way. Bolt did not wilt or die, he grew into a giant tree and people want to cut him down. Bolts time are fast yes but they are not novel. His consistencies are reflective of that of previous record breakers and holders. When Micheal Johnson leaped from running 19.79 to 19.32 in a few month, his acceleration was a bigger eyebrow lifter than Bolts. We don”t remember seeing anyone putting pressure on government officials or governing bodies to question Johnson’s legitimacy. We may have thought about it but no one dare say it. We were too enthralled by such a feat and who would dare question the Americans credibility outright especially a puny country like Jamaica. I daresay that someone will take down Usain Bolt’s record someday because that is the beauty of the human condition it keeps evolving and perfecting itself. New generations are borne more gifted than their ancestors, it is this fact that has created our modern world of gadgets and computer data bases. Just as brains are evolving to manipulate the environment to man’s desires so too are leg’s velocities increasing so that men will soon be faster than Motor Vehicles. All in All as my fellow country men would put it.”This is merely a case of “bad mind”. People trying to demean successful people so that they can feel good about themselves. We have a world where older people are less inclined to step aside and allow young people to shine, trying to hang on to the spotlight as long as possible even if it means subverting the youth generations. Usain Bolt might have gone too far when he says he has no respect for Carlton Lewis but isn’t this prevalent in our society where young people do not value or rev er older people and their opinions? Why are the former greats finding it difficult to concede Bolts dominance? Or is it a clear case of an ethnocentric nation feeling slighted that a little dot on the map are sprint champions. Read more: http://socyberty.com/issues/are-jamaican-athletes-taking-performance-enhancement-drugs/#ixzz2OC9K05KD