- Social media users say 9.58 is untouchable
World sprint legend Usain Bolt has given new life to the conversations surrounding his 9.58 world record.
This after a commentator for the FloTrack Podcast predicted on Saturday that US athlete Fred Kerley could break Bolt’s record.
In the podcast titled ‘Usain Bolt's World Record Has Just 24 Hours Left, Thanks To Fred Kerley’, the podcaster urged people to relive Bolt’s glory days on the track as the Jamaican would soon become a ‘former world record holder.”
Now, following Kerley’s 9.86 win in Saturday night’s 100m World Championship finals, a tweet from world record holder Bolt has social media once again in a frenzy.
Many have scoffed at the thought of someone coming close to Bolt’s 9.58.
In response to the podcast’s tweet, Bolt posted a picture from his showing at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. With his finger across his lips, Bolt simply captioned the photo “9.58.” That was enough to light up social media.
Many social media users heaped praises on the Jamaican sprinter, pointing out that though a new generation of athletes have emerged, Bolt’s record is seemingly untouchable.
“Won’t be beaten for decades and decades,” user @BiirdsOfPrey10 tweeted.
Following up on his tweet to silence the critics, Bolt commended the work being done to ensure athletic development is not stalled. The sprinter shared that he is “loving” how the sport is progressing.
“On a real, though, loving the development of our Sport. Improvement in spikes technology… faster tracks… New technology to help athletes maximise their training and better recovery system to aid athletes in their preparation,” he tweeted.
He also added that the time is now to “further elevate the business of athletics so our athletes can reap even greater benefits of their hard work.”