Bolt at the Bird’s Nest

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Beijing is hosting the World Athletics Championships now, a major international event that China for some reason is not hyping. Still, all evening sessions have already sold out, so luckily I bought tickets for Boyfriend and me three months ago. That is how we were able to sit 20 rows from the starting line where Usain Bolt took off for gold in the 100 meter against Justin Gatlin. As the sprinters lined up, the nerves and anticipation of the entire stadium was palpable. With the pop of the gun, our collective breath-holding erupted into cheers, crescendoing to a roar as Bolt crossed the line. From behind (or maybe in the moment), it really seemed Bolt beat Gatlin by more than just one-hundredth of a second. The race was over in a blink of an eye, but in the moment, time seemed to stretch for as long as it could.

Definitely one of the coolest 10 seconds of my life.

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