By Tony Ubani
Usain Boltâ€™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 Augustâ€™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. Vanguardâ€™s Corporate Affairs Manager, Victor Omorogie, himself a former athlete, predicts that Bolt would still shatter the 9.58 seconds record. â€œWeâ€™ve not seen the best of Bolt, yet.
If he is challenged, he will further smash the recordâ€, Omorogie said. And elsewhere, the world has been celebrating the phenomenon called Bolt.
â€œStunning!â€ was Lâ€™Equipeâ€™s simple front page headline over a huge picture of Bolt savouring his historic performance.
â€œIt 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,â€ the French sports daily wrote.
â€œBut there was nothing they could do against the extra-terrestrial Usain Bolt. With his 9.58 the Jamaican has opened up improbable horizons.â€
The same theme of world headlines was used by The Times in London which headlined: â€œThunderous Bolt enters a galaxy off limits to mortals.â€
â€œAnd 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,â€ their correspondent in Berlin wrote
Spainâ€™s Marca hailed â€œa record from the 22nd centuryâ€, while the Berliner Kurier, in a reference back to the 1936 Olympics gushed: â€œSomewhere on a cloud high up there Jesse Owens applauded and said â€˜superb race Usain.â€
â€œThe sprint world is in a state of shock,â€ wrote Le Soir in Brussels, while Italian sports daily La Gazzetta Dello Sport, under a headline of â€œBim Bum Boltâ€, carried a picture of Bolt striking his chest and saying â€˜I am the number oneâ€â€œWho can deny it?â€ the paper continued. â€œHe set a world record of 9.58, a time that previously had just been a mirage.â€