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Usain Bolt: What He Has Left to Prove in 2016

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11:  Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates winning gold and setting a new world record of 36.84 during the Men's 4 x 100m Relay Final on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 11, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Ben StepanskyCorrespondent IAugust 12, 2012

Flash Gordon wore red and gold. Usain Bolt wears green and yellow. That's where the distinction ends.

Bolt has wowed the world again in the 2012 Summer Olympics, winning three gold medals in the men's 100-meter final, men's 200-meter final and men's 4x100-meter relay final. He set the Olympic Record in the 100-meter final with a time of 9.63 seconds, and his Jamaican team set the World Record in the relay with a time of 36.84 seconds, beating the US squad by 0.2 seconds. 

So what does Bolt have left to prove to verify himself as the top sprinter of all time? He's already set multiple records to establish himself in the history books, and he's currently regarded as the best sprinter in the world. 

However, until his career is over, there is always room for improvement. 

According to this article from the NY Times, sprinters are faster than they've ever been before, and they will continue to become faster at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Bolt beat his own time in the Beijing 100-meter final by 0.06 seconds, where he also dominated.

He destroyed the great Carl Lewis, who received the gold medal in the 100-meter final at the Olympics in Seoul in 1988 (as well as the 1984 Games), by 0.29 seconds. He also beat Jim Hines, the first man to break 10 seconds in the 100-meter in the Olympics. Jesse Owens, who won four gold medals in the 1936 Games in Berlin, was no match for Bolt, who beat Owens by an amazing 0.67 seconds.

As far as performance is concerned, Bolt can and will improve in 2016. He is only 25 years old, which will make him 29 at the next summer Olympics. He will be one of the older competitors, but that should not deter him. With the way he performed at the 2012 Olympics in London, there should be no slowing down for Bolt.

He has displayed his dominance by the records he has set. Even more so, he has proven his superiority by jogging through the finish line as the world's greatest sprinters trail behind in his tracks. 

Whatever one wants to call Bolt's finishing tactics, be it taunting or exuberance, it only leaves room for self-improvement. Imagine if he sprinted through the finish line of the 100-meter final. He may have clocked a time of 9.6 seconds flat! 

When the 2016 Summer Olympics come around, Bolt will have something to prove to both his audience and himself.

In the name of Mr. Bolt, it will be Usain-ity!

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