This Day In Sports History (May 31st) — Usain Bolt


It was on this day in 2008 that Usain Bolt set a new world record in the men’s 100 meter race.  Bolt ran the race in 9.72 seconds at the Reebok Grand Prix, which was held in the Icahn Stadium in New York City.

Earlier in the month, Bolt ran a 9.76, the second fastest time ever recorded in the 100 meters.  His time was second only to his fellow countryman, Asafa Powell, who ran a 9.74 the previous year in an event held in Rieti, Italy.  Bolt’s coach, Glen Mills was confident that Usain would break the world record and he was right, as less than one month later Bolt posted his 9.72 time.

The 2008 Beijing Olympics were Usain Bolt’s coming out party.  Not only did he win the gold medal in the 100 meters, 200 meters and 4 X 100 meter relay, but he did so by setting world records in all three events.

Here is Bolt’s world record setting performance.

Notable Birthdays

Joe Namath, NFL – Born May 31st 1943 (age 70) in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania

Kenny Lofton, MLB – Born May 31st 1967 (age 46) in East Chicago, Indiana

Jake Peavy, MLB – Born May 31st 1981 (age 32) in Mobile, Alabama

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