U.n.c.l.e Sam asked in SportsOlympics · 9 years ago

Why didn't Usain Bolt enter the long jump competition?

He has the speed obviously, and he could have potentially broken Bob Beamons long-standing record. Sprinting speed propels the body further and with the right technique he could jump very long. setting a big record.

Carl lewis did it in Los Angeles 84 have, and before him the legend Jesse Owens. Why wouldn't his handlers have looked at this.

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  • Salty
    Lv 4
    9 years ago
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    Beamon's record does not still stand - it was broken in 1991.

    Mike Powell broke it. Mike Powell has said that Bolt could be the first man to jump over 9 metres if he put his mind to it.

    From wikipedia:

    Several days after Bolt broke the world records in 100 and 200 metres events, Mike Powell, the world record holder in long jump (8.95 metres set in 1991) argued that Bolt could become the first man to jump over 9 metres, the long jump event being "a perfect fit for his speed and height".

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usain_Bolt

    Maybe jumping just does not interest him or perhaps he feels he has his hands full just doing the 100m and 200m. I have heard him say in interviews that he finds the pressures intense, not only of training and competing, but also of sponsorship events and other contractual off the field commitments and that he doesn't have that much time to himself as it is.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Carl Lewis set the 100m record by default. Never set the 200m record. Never the Long Jump record. Only in the relay. (at the Games)

    Now Bolt set records in the 100, 200, relay. Why would he want to give it up for another event?

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    He might not be ae to jump far, or he migh get injured and not be able to run

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    its not his event.

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