How can Usain Bolt be beaten and stopped from carving an even heftier slice of Olympic history?
How can he be prevented from crossing the line first in his signature event, the 200 metres?
The question is almost laughable, as miraculous perhaps as turning water into wine or getting politicians to admit they are wrong. How to beat Bolt at the Olympics? Who knows?
Well, Rondel Sorrillo does. Sorrillo, from Trinidad and Tobago, did it in Beijing in 2008, in Bolt’s signature 200 no less. He did it in the heats, of course, which meant that ultimately it counted for nothing.
Still, it still has earned him a spot as a footnote in history.
USA Today spoke to Sorrillo about it.
“It really did happen,” Sorrillo, 30, laughed on Tuesday, after clinching his own spot in the Rio semifinals. “Oh yes, people remember me for it,” he told the newspaper.
For a start, it is the only time Bolt has failed to win an Olympic race, in any round, since he was an injured teenager. Bolt ran at Athens in 2004, age 17, but was hampered by a back strain and lost in the heats.
Sorrillo has qualified for the 200 metres semi-finals on Wednesday night. And needless to say, Usain Bolt has too.
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