Jamaica’s triple world record holder has interestingly missed out on being the athlete of the decade according to track and field news considered by many to be the bible of the sport.
According to united states-based publication Kenyan David Rudisha, is the top athlete ahead of Bolt.
The magazine described rankings as “tough decisions” while adding it was “by the thinnest of margins imaginable the decision came down in favour of the Kenyan half-mile ace.”
The magazine listed Rudisha’s accomplishment, in the last ten years, 2010 to 2019.
It described as “a marvellous string to open the decade, Rudisha was it’s athlete of the year in three straight years (2010–12), a feat only ever matched by Carl Lewis.”
Rudisha, during the time, broken the 800metres world record three times (1:41.09, 1:41.01, 1:40.91), and according to track and field news, “the last of them being chosen as our performance of the decade.”
Rudisha also won two Olympic Games gold medals, London 2012 and Rio 2016. Adding to that, he took world championships titles in Daegu 2011 and Beijing 2015.
Meanwhile, Bolt, the only sprinter to win Olympic 100metres and 200metres titles at three consecutive Olympics (2008, 2012 and 2016), along with two 4×100 relay gold medals, finished in second place.
“Even though his wr-setting years came in that previous decade, the world’s fastest human nonetheless made an impact on the all-time lists, producing the second-fastest 100 ever, 9.63, and the nos. 5 & 6 clocking in the 200 (19.32, 19.40),” said track and field news.