To put it in perspective — Tyson Gay set an American record of 9.71 seconds in the same race, and he wasn’t all that close to Bolt at the finish.
Gay shaved another 0.02 seconds off his time a few weeks later in Shanghai to match Bolt’s 2008 time of 9.69, an American record that still stands. The only other sprinter to go faster than 9.7 is Jamaica’s Yohan Blake, who also ran the iconic distance in 9.69 a few weeks after the 2012 Olympics.
Bolt himself never again broke the 9.6 mark and only broke the 9.7 mark once more when he lowered his Olympic record to 9.63 in 2012.
From 2013 to today, only three men have broken the 9.8 mark. Justin Gatlin did in six times in 2014 and 2015, posting a best of 9.74. Bolt did it twice, including a 9.77 in 2013.
American Christian Coleman ran a 9.79 last year and has the world’s fastest time (9.81) so far this year with the Diamond League finals and world championships still to come.
While a time of 9.58 seems beyond the grasp of any other mortal, it’s so deeply embedded in Bolt’s identity that he chose the jersey number 9.58 in a charity soccer match earlier this year.
Aries Merritt, LaShawn Merritt, Evan Jager and Tyson Gay are among the veteran Olympic and world medalists who will not compete at next week’s USATF Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.
The registration deadline passed on Tuesday with Aries Merritt, Jager and Gay not listed among the entered athletes. LaShawn Merritt, the 2008 Olympic 400m champion (no relation to Aries), was listed as scratched from the 200m and 400m.
The agent for Aries Merritt and Gay confirmed they are out. Jager is out with a foot injury, his agent said, confirming a LetsRun.com report.
LaShawn Merritt, Aries Merritt (2012 Olympic 110m hurdles champion and world-record holder), Gay (2007 World 100m and 200m champion) and Jager (2016 Olympic silver medalist) have raced limited schedules in the last year, all or some due to injuries.
By missing nationals, none can qualify for the world championships in Doha in September and October.
All four men have lengthy streaks of competing at nationals in Olympic or world championships years: Gay since 2004, Aries Merritt since 2005, Jager since 2009 and LaShawn Merritt since 2012.
Lolo Jones, a Summer and Winter Olympian, is also not listed on the entries. Her agent said last month that Jones is “rehabbing and working herself back from a few injuries” as she works toward Tokyo 2020.
Chaz Taylor: Twenty years for wanton murder and two years for wanton endangerment.
D’Vonta Middlebrooks: Fifteen years.
D’Markeo Taylor: Fifteen months (time served) and five years probation.
Lamonte Williams: One year (time served) and 15 months probation.
Middlebrooks, Taylor and Williams had all been found guilty of wanton endangerment.
“Me and Tyson have to go to the cemetery every single holiday, every birthday,” Trinity’s mom, Shoshana Boyd, told media after the sentencing.
Tyson Gay said after the October guilty verdicts that he was glad his daughter got some justice.
“This is my first time experiencing something like this, myself and the family,” he said then. “So it was pretty stressful, but I’m just glad it’s over. I’m just proud that my daughter got some justice. I hope that anyone else who loses a child to senseless violence, I hope they get justice also.”