Giant on the move
Move over Mr Phelps, the real Games are about to begin
All in all, the last six days have been a really good warm up, but now I’m ready for the real action, which it does on the track in the Bird’s Nest Stadium on Friday morning.
Athletics, for all its problems, remains the heart and soul of the Olympics and the men’s 100 metres is the heart and soul of athletics.
Memories of the voice of former BBC commentator David Coleman calmly, authoritatively and almost whispering: “The Olympic 100 metre final” as the eight men make their final fidgets signal a flashback to that overwhelming excitement of expectation no other sporting event could match.
Being there, two metres from the track, bang on the finish line, is something else.
The race takes less than 10 seconds yet produces millions of printed words, untold hours of TV and years of discussions and arguments.
Over the next 10 days, in front of 91,000 people and hundreds of millions of TV viewers, dozens more great stories of human endeavour will captivate the world as the Olympic motto of “Higher, faster, stronger” is made real.
Thanks to all you bit-part players but it’s time to leave the stage.
Let the real Games begin.