Friday, October 9, 2009

Alex Ferguson says Usain Bolt’s Berlin performance was ‘jaw-dropping’

MANCHESTER, England — Manchester United world legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes Usain Bolt’s glittering record breaking performances at the IAAF World Championships in Berlin, in August, is definitely one of the sporting highlights of the year.

The Jamaican smashed both his 100m and 200m records on his way to winning the sprint double with times of 9.58seconds and 19.19seconds in Berlin and Ferguson says the feat was “absolutely jaw-dropping.”
“Usain Bolt [breaking the world records for the 100m and 200m] was a tremendous feat, incredible,” Ferguson, one of the most successful managers and the second-longest serving manager in their history, told Inside United Magazine.

“That has to go down as one of the highlights of the year.

“I mean, when you watch the actual race, it was absolutely jaw-dropping.”

The 67-year-old former Scotland striker, who entertained Bolt earlier this year when United lifted the English League crown in May, also believes the Jamaican phenomenon can go even faster.

“He didn’t even seem to be flat out, which was just unbelievable,” Ferguson said. “He’s only 23 so he’s got time to improve as well.”

For his achievements last year, Bolt, at 22, was named the 2008 Male Athlete of the Year by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), and after landing similar performances this 2009 season, he is certainly on schedule to repeat that feat at this year’s award ceremony in November.