Jamaican Usain Bolt, stamped his authority as one of the greatest sprinter in history as he retained his Olympic 100m title in a stylish fashion.
Despite confessing that he was only "95% fit, he blew his competitors as he ran a new Olympic record in the finals. The debate going on now is whether Bolt the greatest sprinter of all time. Is he? I have only lived only for a few decades and don’t have a clue what his predecessors in 100m were like, so I plead to avoid this debate.
So what can Usain Bolt teach all of us?
Before the Olympics, due to his inconsistency with form and injuries, Bolt was declared vulnerable by some section of the media. I believe we all feel the same way also, sometimes inconsistent and vulnerable. But because you are vulnerable doesn’t mean you wouldn’t make it to the finish line, not just making it, but receiving a crown for it. No true champion allows the past to determine his future.
Bolt is talented and gifted, so are you. Bolt can teach us to use our talents effective, not just through one opportunity – 2006 Beijing Olympics, but through other opportunities also – London 2012 Olympics. Some people are the “Bolt” of business, media, health, building, teaching, engineering etc and they only need to realise the depth of their God given talent.
A small section of athletics fans argue that Bolt is only so popular because of his showmanship. It is indeed true that he is a talented athlete and a talented showman also. For me it basically represents the love he has for what he does. We also must enjoy what they do, wherever you find yourself, show off because of the belief we have in our gifts.
Training for four years for 9.5 seconds of glory in the 100m reflects a long time of dedication, obedience, committed, prayer, walking in integrity etc. Just so we can best represent be who we want to be and achieve our purpose in life.Maybe Bolt indeed has something to teach all of us.