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Well, the 2010 Penn Relays have come to a close, but the memories of an electrifying Saturday afternoon will long live on.
As the crowd swelled early, Franklin Field had a unique feel of anticipation. The place erupted when Usain Bolt and his Jamaican teammates walked onto the infield to stretch and warm up. “It was so loud,” said USA runner Miki Barber, “I thought, ‘Is the president here?'”
Nope. Just the world’s fastest man. And he was just as appreciative of the crowd, which largely consists of fans with deep Jamaica roots.
“The crowd always has been wonderful,” Bolt said after leading the Green & Gold to a record time of 37.90 in the USA vs. the World 4×100-meter relay. “I haven’t been here in a while, so I was really looking forward to it. It was just awesome. It was a wonderful feeling. There’s nothing like a home crowd for me. So the experience was wonderful. I love running here.”
Here is how it was covered by the media:
Usain Bolt electrifies the Penn Relays (Washington Post)
Lightning Bolt (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Bolt Draws Crowd and Delivers a Record at Penn Relays (New York Times)
Scorching run by Bolt (Jamaica Gleaner)
Bolt-mania spills over as Jamaica wins 4x100m (NBC Universal)
Hearts Racing (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Bolt dazzles at Penn Relays (Sports Illustrated)