Thursday, May 18, 2006

All a matter of perspective

The New York Times reported that Justin Gatlin set the world record in the 100 meters last Friday at a Grand Prix meet in Doha, Qatar, winning the race in 9.76 seconds.

Gatlin, a 24-year-old native of Brooklyn, took a hundredth of a second off the time Asafa Powell of Jamaica ran June 14 in Athens. In a conference call with reporters Gatlin said:

"It hasn't hit me yet, I'm astounded. I went out there and put together a pretty good race, and I put a lot of heart in the race... Even halfway through the race, I said to myself, Be patient; get to the transition phase."

I found myself smiling reading that last paragraph. It took longer to read than Gatlin did to run the race, and five seconds into that race he was saying to himself, "Be patient; get to the transition phase". By the time he had said that, he would have been 2 seconds from the finish line.


ConradGempf said...

Them sprinters got a lot in common with us blog short-commenters. I often find myself willing myself on: 'gotta be patient; just get to the end of the

brett jordan said...

And there you have it. The only time in recorded history where Conrad has stopped writing BEFORE his readers wanted him to.