Gordon Swaby

How HUMBLE can a man be in such a situation.

I’ve become somewhat of a temporary sport fanatic, just to be specific a Track And Field Fanatic. But we all know why so i need not venture into such inane details. Apparently bolt hitting his chest close to his smashing Olympic finish is a problem for a few people, but i see no problem there, what he did was fine.

I think impulse got the best of him and and after reading a bit about him i would expect nothing less from a man like himself in such a situation; read this article in today’s paper and you’ll get my point, he’s that type of person, a bit egocentric, and conceited, but it is what it is; he’s an awesome athlete and anyone in such a position would probably react the same (especially with a personality such as his)

image courtesy of NY Times

I want to agree with a comment made on facebook re: Bolt slowing down close to his finish:

The Logic is Simple…Usain needs to set the record at a breakable time to increase his earning potential. That is, you earn money each time you break a world record. Therefore in a few months he can easily break the 9.69 and make some FAST money.

I don’t know how true that it is; but it seems logical enough to me; Bolt wants to set a time so he can beat it again; even if there’s no money incentive he’ll surely get media spotlight and that by itself is good enough.

image courtesy of NY Times

All in all as far as i see; most athletes are conceited, they just try and shy it down a bit.  I remember Asafa saying once that he can “Run anytime he wants to run” and that he decides how “fast” he goes, just by taking to these people you’ll hear such narcissistic statements coming out,and any athlete that after accomplishing such greatness, is still humble after…well there just being hypocrites, but i guess that helps sometime doesn’t it?

Bolt can be as conceited as he wants, as long as he keeps breaking those records he’ll get attention… as much as some people hate it.  It is what it is.

P.S Congrats on your stellar performance girls; i think it’s safe to say that that was one of the best moments of my life..so far. I felt/feel REALLY good to be Jamaican.

Continue making us proud in Beijing Everyone.

Written by Gordon Swaby

Gordon Swaby

Founder and CEO of social learning service EduFocal.com. I’m passionate about technology, the internet and the use of technology in education. I am a recipient of Governor General’s Youth Award, the PSOJ’s 50 Under 50 Award, The commonwealth Youth Award and many others.


Lovingly made on Monday, August 18th, 2008 at 2:59 pm. Filed under Interesting, Jamaica/Politics.

  • Jherane

    He's the fastest man on the face of the earth (to be recorded, at least)
    He can do w/e he fucking wants.
    The dude made the 9.69, if he didn't slow down it would probably be a 9.4, 9.3, somewhere around there, pfft, he knows he can do better but geesh, the more he breaks the record the more money he makes. He's got the world on a string.

    P.S.: The girls should try going under ten, would be soooo cool 😛

  • http://gordonswaby.com Gordon Swaby

    If you really think about…just for a little bit…HE'S THE FASTEST recorded MAN ALIVE, that's quite a fete i'd hit my damn chest too

  • Jherane

    I'd wiggle my butt in the camera singing
    “Da na-na-na-na Can't touch this”
    If you think about it he's pretty humble yute.

  • http://gordonswaby.com Gordon Swaby

    compared to some people's reaction in such a position i'd say he's pretty freakin' humble

  • http://ruthibelle.blogspot.com ruthibelle

    Like I said in ma blog, if Bolt wants to strip his damned clothes off and run naked around that stadium, let him! (And not causa the chiselled bod either), cause he worked hard, he's earned his place as the best, and when a man has something to boast about, then boast he should… So knock yuh chest Usain, who want bex bex!! We nuh response!

    • http://www.owensoft.net owen

      hahaha. no

  • http://www.owensoft.net owen

    nobody runs a race to break the world record it just happens. The whole if he didn't slow down crap is bs, the point is to come first and thats what he was aiming for

    • http://gordonswaby.com Gordon Swaby

      rofl, ya think

      • bobby

        GS not sure that is why he slowed down actually i am not able to prove it either ways but my spin on it is that … he had some doubts about if he could beat Asafa to it and he really wanted the 3 gold medals the 4 x 100and the 200m was basically a sure bet … but there was some amount of doubt in his mind that he would beat Asafa …. so when he glanced to his right and didnot see asafa or anyone for that matter he knew right there and then that he had won his very first gold medal and he became over whelmed with joy and just lost it …..

        I am just saying check it from my angle and say your piece

  • bobby

    GS not sure that is why he slowed down actually i am not able to prove it either ways but my spin on it is that … he had some doubts about if he could beat Asafa to it and he really wanted the 3 gold medals the 4 x 100and the 200m was basically a sure bet … but there was some amount of doubt in his mind that he would beat Asafa …. so when he glanced to his right and didnot see asafa or anyone for that matter he knew right there and then that he had won his very first gold medal and he became over whelmed with joy and just lost it …..

    I am just saying check it from my angle and say your piece



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