Bolt "goes through the motions" and sprints 9.86
This guy really is invincible.
I didn't see a stumble either, all I saw was a guy who sprinted a relatively easy 9.86 for the victory, which is sickening to anybody who has competed in the 100m.
What a peaceful way for him to end a championship season.
There was a sort of grace to this race, an elegance that only the legend Bolt could be capable of. People don't really care what time he runs, he has transcended times. He is the ONE.
It doesn't matter if somebody like Blake will soon break his WR's, everybody will still care only about Bolt, he is that big.
I'm sorry, there are really only 4 giants in the 100m:
Here's how I figure that:
After one of the athletes finished, people referenced basically that athlete only, until the next one on the list came along, whereupon the new athlete was referenced to the former.
Owens was the first. He was the big thing until Lewis.
Lewis was always referenced to Owens, seen as the second coming. He was the big thing until Johnson.
Johnson was always referenced to Lewis, seen as the humble giant slayer. He was the big thing until Bolt.
Bolt. Jamaican, like Johnson. Miles ahead of everybody else, like Johnson. People have invested him with mystique and hero qualities, like Johnson. Nobody quite knows his limits, like Johnson. Nobody in the intervening time has mattered as much, they were all merely human, and although fast, not transcendent.
I feel lucky to have been alive when 3 of these 4 guys were racing.