arcana imperii :: the book of j


faster than a speeding bullet

well, not quite! that'd be superman... i'm referring to 22-year-old american justin gatlin, winner of the 100 metres at the olympic games... the one classical, definitive stretch of time and distance that determine the world's fastest human. his time: 9.85 seconds (one-hundredth off the olympic record set by canada's donovan bailey at atlanta in 1996).

portugal's francis obikwelu, who until 2001 ran for his native nigeria, won the silver medal. obikwelu ran 9.86. maurice greene, the defending champion, ran 9.87 to get the bronze, and shawn crawford ran 9.89 to simply be part of a race where for the first time four runners ran under 9.90 (no more than two had done so before).