The Bolt Supremacy

The Bolt Supremacy

by Richard Moore

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Beijing 2008: Usain Bolt slows down as he approaches the 100-meter finish line. He beats his chest, well ahead of his nearest rival, his face filled with euphoria, the world in thrall of his extraordinary talent. It is one of the greatest moments in sports history, and it is just the beginning.Of the ten fastest 100-meter times in history, eight belong to Jamaicans. How is it that this small island has come to dominate men’s and women’s sprinting? The Bolt Supremacy opens the doors to a community where sprinting permeates daily life; where the high school championships are watched by 35,000 screaming fans; where identity, success and status are forged on the track, and where "making it" means adoration and lucrative contracts. In such a society there can be the incentive for some to cheat. There are those who attribute Jamaican success to something beyond talent and hard work.Award-winning writer Richard Moore doesn’t shy away from difficult questions as he travels the length of this beguiling country speaking to antidoping agencies, scientists and skeptics as well as to coaches, superstars, and the young guns desperate to become the next big thing. Peeling back the layers, Moore finally reveals the secrets of Usain Bolt and the remarkable Jamaican sprint factory.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681774695
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 05/09/2017
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
File size: 10 MB

About the Author

Richard Moore, a former racing cyclist, is a journalist and the author of several books, and has been longlisted for the William Hill Award. He is the author of Slaying the Badger and lives in the United Kingdom.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

1 A Force Five Hurricane 7

2 The Wellspring 18

3 Bolt's Own Country 35

4 The Brotherhood 57

5 Donkey Man 72

6 The Architect 85

7 Cuban Swimming Pool Crisis 106

8 Shifting the Paradigm 117

9 Jets and Sharks 133

10 Healing Hans 153

11 Real As It Gets 167

12 Shock and Awe 178

13 The Beast 200

14 Threads 210

15 The Tester 233

16 Genes and Yams 245

17 The G of the Bang 260

18 After the Hurricane 284

19 The In-Between 302

Afterword: The Weeble 317

Acknowledgements 322

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