Usain Bolt: The Fastest Man Who Has Ever Lived
USAIN BOLT – THE FASTEST MAN WHO HAS EVER LIVED: Saturday 15th May, BBC2, 5.10pm ALERT ME
Chances are you’ve probably heard about the achievements of one Usain St. Leo Bolt, the fastest sprinter on the planet and according to the BBC, the fastest man who has ever lived.
In this special doc, the beeb have sent the previous world record holder, Michael Johnson, to investigate how the 23-year-old has turned the sport upside down without even looking like he’s trying. The American former world-record holder travels to Jamaica, to meet the chicken nugget scoffer and his family in an attempt to analyse the development of athletics’ new superstar, amid suspicions of drug-taking and the immense pressure of his burgeoning fame.
To back up the anecdotal evidence, the show also gets in some boffins to take a look at what biomechanics make him so outrageously quick and what could potentially make him even quicker. Given Bolt’s apparent reluctance to train and famed love of drumsticks, it should be interesting to see if they can come up with any useful conclusions on what sets him apart from the likes of Johnson; who will presumably have built up a jealousy ulcer by the end of the programme.
This may be a slightly odd time to play this programme again – given that athletics (like everything else) will be overshadowed by the World Cup this summer – this should be an intriguing look into the mind and body of a truly unique sportsperson.