Bolt predicted a faster time before he broke 100m world record in Berlin

By April 24, 2020

Usain Bolt shocked the world in 2009 when he raced to a world-record 9.58s to win the 100m at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, Germany.

The time shocked the world as Bolt shattered his own world record of 9.69s set at the Olympic Games in Berlin the year before.

What is even more alarming is that the eight-time Olympic gold medallist actually predicted he would run faster.

While speaking with British hurdler turned broadcaster Colin Jackson on Instagram, Bolt said he, his coach Glen Mills and massage therapist all believed he could have gone faster. According to Bolt, he predicted a time of 9.52s while Coach Mills predicted 9.54.

His massage therapist Everald Edwards was perhaps closest to the actual time with his prediction of 9.56.

Incidentally, that was the year when Bolt had all Jamaican holding their collective breaths that he would make it to Berlin after he crashed his BMW along the PJ Patterson Highway in April that year. However, Bolt said he was in great shape even after he walked away unscathed from the crash save for a few prickles in the sole of his feet.

“Even when I came back from the accident, I was training, I was feeling such good shape,” Bolt said. “So, for me, when we got to Berlin, I was on fire.”

Bolt would go on to set a new world record of 19.19 in the 200m. Both records still stand today, almost 11 years later.

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