By Tony Ubani
Usain Bolt’s stunning 100 metres world record run in Berlin has fetched the Jamaican an awesome US$160,000 (about N24 million) for his efforts.


The Jamaican clocked 9.58 seconds in the final at the World Championships Sunday evening slicing a huge 0.11 seconds of the mark he set in last August’s Beijing Olympics to set tongues wagging. And for his efforts, the International Amateur Athletic Federation, IAAF, paid him $60,000 as prize for the gold with US 100,000 as bonus for the world record he smashed.

That is not all. His PUMA endorsement for his spike shoe costs US $450.000 (N67.53 million) for the race alone. And all over the world, the Jamaican feat has been attracting equally amazing headlines. Vanguard’s Corporate Affairs Manager, Victor Omorogie, himself a former athlete, predicts that Bolt would still shatter the 9.58 seconds record. “We’ve not seen the best of Bolt, yet.

If he is challenged, he will further smash the record”, Omorogie said. And elsewhere, the world has been celebrating the phenomenon called Bolt.

“Stunning!” was L’Equipe’s simple front page headline over a huge picture of Bolt savouring his historic performance.
“It was an electrifying final to the 100m with Tyson Gay (9.71) and Asafa Powell (9.84) battling it out and showing all their incredible talent,” the French sports daily wrote.

“But there was nothing they could do against the extra-terrestrial Usain Bolt. With his 9.58 the Jamaican has opened up improbable horizons.”

The same theme of world headlines was used by The Times in London which headlined: “Thunderous Bolt enters a galaxy off limits to mortals.”

“And now we finally have the answer. Still electrifying, still like a man from another planet. But now we know how fast the man can really go,” their correspondent in Berlin wrote

Spain’s Marca hailed “a record from the 22nd century”, while the Berliner Kurier, in a reference back to the 1936 Olympics gushed: “Somewhere on a cloud high up there Jesse Owens applauded and said ‘superb race Usain.”

“The sprint world is in a state of shock,” wrote Le Soir in Brussels, while Italian sports daily La Gazzetta Dello Sport, under a headline of “Bim Bum Bolt”, carried a picture of Bolt striking his chest and saying ‘I am the number one”“Who can deny it?” the paper continued. “He set a world record of 9.58, a time that previously had just been a mirage.”


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