Jason Devaney, NBC Olympics
LONDON – Now that Michael Phelps is done swimming, the greatest Olympian in history (22 medals, 18 gold) watched his counterpart on the track make history Sunday night.
Phelps and much of the world tuned in to watch Jamaica’s Usain Bolt compete in the 100m dash final at Olympic Stadium. Bolt is the defending Olympic champion and broke the world record at the 2009 World Championships. He lined up with seven other of the world’s fastest men to compete in the most exciting race on the track.
Bolt, as you’ve probably heard by now, won in 9.63 seconds – an Olympic record. Phelps watched on a TV in awe of his raw speed.
“He’s amazing. He’s the fastest man in the world, literally,” Phelps said on Monday. “The shorter races are always fun to watch. Like the 50 and the 100 freestyle in swimming are always fun to watch.”
Phelps’ comments came two days after he ended his historic career. Bolt dished out a nice compliment that night.
“Michael Phelps, his gold medals. That’s a lot of gold medals,” Bolt said.
Said Phelps: “Being able to watch those guys get up and go 10 seconds or nine seconds, under 10 seconds in 100 meters is pretty impressive. And watching Usain do it was fun. With a last name like Bolt, it makes it even better. It’s like the perfect last name.”
Phelps’ name doesn’t quite have the same effect, but something tells us he’s got enough brand recognition to overcome it.
Information from Reuters was used in this report.
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