With the Olympics two weeks away, athletes everywhere are putting in their final tune-ups before the prestigious event starts. This past weekend saw an IAAF Diamond League Meet held in London, England. Some of the sport’s best athletes, such as Mo Farah and Usain Bolt (in his triumphant return from a hamstring injury), came out to Olympic Stadium to test both their speed and strength—coincidentally, in the same location where many of these athletes had won Olympic Gold just four years ago. World leads were ran, national records were broken, and even one world record was set in what was easily one of the best meets of 2016 so far.
Well, he’s back. In arguably the least surprising storyline of this summer, Usain Bolt—The Fastest Man Alive—returned from a hamstring injury which kept him out of Jamaica’s Olympic Trials and ran, well, fast. Bolt won in 19.89—far from a PR, but enough to seal the victory and instill some confidence in his legs before what is most likely his final Olympic Games. Like Farah, Bolt is favored to three-peat the 100, 200, 4×100 trifecta he’s won at both the 2008 and 2012 Games. Bolt is one of the world’s greatest athletes, and one of the best in history. If these Olympic Games truly are his final curtain call, then we should all lay witness as he creates history one last time. Athletes like these are once-in-a-generation—we should take advantage of it while we still can.
French 800-meter record holder Pierre-Ambroise Bosse won in a season best of 1:43.88, with Brandon McBride of Canada coming in a close second with a time of 1:43.95. Bosse ran 1:42.53 back in 2014, and is someone not to sleep on come time for the Olympics. Also in this race were Americans Erik Sowinski and Charles Jock, the latter whom punched his ticket to Rio in the 800 at the Trials a few weeks ago. Sowinski, though, had been the favorite to get that elusive spot on the American Olympic team—and he didn’t forget it. Sowinski torched Jock, beating him by over three seconds. Jock was certainly a surprise addition to Team USA and, hopefully, this race isn’t an indication of his Olympic performance.
The 5K saw British athletic icon Mo Farah win in a world-leading time of 12:59.29 in front of his home crowd, seizing the victory by an astounding fourteen seconds. To solo a time that quick truly shows the incredible shape Farah is in—he is absolutely the favorite to repeat his 5K/10K Gold double in Rio. Coming in third was U.S. champion Bernard Lagat, who also happens to be 41 years old and immune to the effects of old age on an athlete. Ryan Hill and Ben True, both of whom were favored to make Team USA for the 5K but didn’t, finished in fifth and sixth, respectively. Nike Oregon Project’s Eric Jenkins, coming off a fourth place 5K finish at the Trials, ran a season best of 13:24.33—good for 11th place.