Looking at the list of highest-paid athletes at the Summer Olympics in Rio, it might surprise some folks to see a sprinter’s name in the top 10. But to call Jamaica’s Usain Bolt merely a “sprinter” would be a massive insult. The guy is a larger-than-life figure, a superstar with endless charm and showmanship, and one of the most dominant athletes we’ve ever seen. And after winning his third consecutive Olympic gold medal in the 100-meter dash, he’s, once again, the only person who can truly stake a claim as the fastest man on the planet.
Although Bolt might not have been satisfied with his final time (9.81), in the end, he still managed to accomplish the only thing that matters: winning. Said Bolt following his race: “It was brilliant. I didn’t go so fast, but I’m so happy I won. I told you guys I was going to do it.” Like Babe Ruth calling his shot, Bolt was confident that he was going to get the job done. Up until this point, no one had ever won this face three consecutive times. Then again, there has never been another Usain Bolt.
After the Jamaican superstar blew away the competition, folks on the internet couldn’t help but marvel at his brilliance. In fact, it was on Twitter that we came across some of the most creative reactions. In particular, these seven tweets, like Bolt himself, completely stole the show. We have a feeling you’ll appreciate them just as much as we did.
1. There’s no comparison
— Spark Sports (@Spark_Sports_) August 15, 2016
If watching Usain Bolt obliterate the competition in the 100-meter dash isn’t proof enough of his unrivaled speed, then perhaps comparing him to other fast athletes will do the trick. Russell Westbrook is one of the most athletic players in the NBA and Julio Jones is practically unstoppable on the gridiron; however, Bolt can run nearly 28 miles per hour. That’s what we call being in a league of your own.
2. His name’s Forrest. Forrest Gump.
The only man who could’ve beaten Usain Bolt. pic.twitter.com/zoJgQidyci
— Earl Dibbles Jr (@EarlDibblesJr) August 15, 2016
There is no one in this world who could’ve possibly caught Bolt in the final of the 100-meter dash in Rio. Which is why, in order to give him some real competition, we turn to the only place that makes sense: the movies.
Forrest Gump is fast, Forrest Gump likes to run, and Forrest Gump doesn’t shy away from the moment (probably because he never grasped the fact that he was actually in “the moment”). He was born to defy the odds. Therefore, if there’s anyone with enough game to take down Bolt, it’s Tom Hanks — we mean, Forrest Gump.
3. How the 2016 NBA Finals played out…
Recap of Usain Bolt’s race.
Credit: Grant Goldberg pic.twitter.com/IQtxyVve6f
— NBA Memes (@NBAMemes) August 15, 2016
If you’re a Golden State Warriors fan, this one has to hurt. Just like in the 2016 NBA Finals when LeBron James took over and led the Cavaliers to victory, Usain Bolt was simply too strong to be stopped. In the end, sometimes you just have to accept the fact that there’s no standing in the way of greatness.
4. Bolt even has superheroes on the run
— Superman (@SupermanTweets) August 15, 2016
Usain Bolt is so fast that even Superman and the Flash recognize that he has the potential to catch them. We don’t know why that’s so surprising. After all, these individuals have something in common: superpowers.
5. The King has spoken
Nothing u can do vs that cheetah! #Bolt
— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 15, 2016
Bolt outclassed the other sprinters, and there was nothing anyone could do about it. The King recognized this (because game recognizes game, obviously), and he wanted everyone else to understand this as well. The way he sees it, when mere mortals are tasked with racing a cheetah, they don’t stand a chance.
Just so we’re clear, Bolt’s not actually a cheetah — we think.
6. Don’t ever disrespect Bob Marley
Bob Costas : Usain Bolt more popular than Bob Marley
Everyone : pic.twitter.com/vr6MgEQZz9
— SINGH (@S1NGH7) August 15, 2016
In an interview with Bob Costas, Bolt claimed that he was such a big deal in Jamaica that people always compared him to Bob Marley. For Bolt, that sort of comparison was humbling. It should’ve been left at that. It wasn’t.
After Bolt took gold in the 100-meter dash, Costas had the audacity, on national television, to make the claim that Bolt has “outdistanced Marley.” Come on, Bob. You’re better than that. We think Carmelo Anthony speaks for all of us when he makes that face that says, “I refuse to even acknowledge your stupidity.”
7. One picture says it all
— Katie Kramer (@Kramer_Katie) August 15, 2016
This picture may have been from the 100-meter semifinal, but it is the perfect encapsulation of Bolt’s dominance. While the other runners push their bodies to the absolute max, here’s the world’s fastest man, beating the competition by so much that he has enough time to smile at the camera. One word: legend.
Information courtesy of ESPN.