Usain Bolt is untouchable.
The fastest man in the history of the world defended his title on Sunday. He won the 100-meter dash in typical Bolt fashion by recording a time of 9.63 seconds—0.12 faster than his countryman Yohan Blake, who critics predicted would knock Bolt off his throne. But those skeptics, ones that dared to call him overrated, were left in awe with the rest of the globe as he set a new Olympic record.
"Means a lot, because a lot of people were doubting me. A lot of people were saying I wasn't going to win, I didn't look good. There was a lot of talk. It's an even greater feeling to come out here and defend my title and show the world I'm still No. 1."
Bolt won’t be beaten. He may have struggled at the Jamaica trials, but right now, it’s quite obvious that he’s on another planet than his competition. If Bolt doesn’t leave with three gold medals—one each in the 100-meter, 200-meter and 4x100-meter relay—it’d be an absolute shocker.
In fact, Team USA’s Justin Gatlin, one of Bolt’s most worthy competitors, would agree with that statement. After taking bronze in the 100 on Sunday, Gatlin was barely disappointed about losing to Bolt, if at all. According to the Associated Press, he said that Bolt’s greatness was his very motivation (via Newsday):
"To be honest, I went out there to challenge a mountain. I went out there to challenge the odds. Not just myself and everything I've been through, but the legacy of Usain Bolt."
What does Bolt think of his own legacy? Well, he told reporters that, after winning the 100, he’s “one step closer to becoming a legend” (according to Business Week).
Bolt shouldn’t be so modest. He’s already a legend. He’s been a legend.
The Lightning Bolt’s world record of 9.58 hasn’t even been approached. Despite that fact, he entered the Olympics as the disputed fastest man alive.
But on Sunday, he silenced his doubters in 9.63 seconds. And now that he’s the undisputed fastest man alive again, really, who’s about to outrun him?
Trinidad and Tobago sprinter Richard Thompson talked about the field’s ability defeat Bolt following his record-breaking performance. He said (via Newsday):
“The entire world says he's unbeatable. And right now, he is.”
And as a man that’s lost to Bolt in two straight Olympic Games, I believe Thompson possesses the credibility to state whether or not Bolt is untouchable.
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.