In this blog series, I take inspiration from one of the day’s Olympic events. Today: the epic 4x100m final.
Gird your loins, folks. It’s the pinnacle of every track meet, everyone’s favourite athletic show-down: the 4x100m final.
I ventured down to my local running track tonight and met with three good-humoured members of Reading Roadrunners (and a fourth – my friend Ellie Barnes – who volunteered to (wo)man the camera and act as commentator).
The athletes? Gosling, Jenkins, Edmondson and… Joyce. Three runners. One bodybuilder. Meet them here…
It was going to be a race which would stay in the memory for a long, long time. Those who were there would never forget it.
First, the athletes were spotted warming up and practicing the all-important handover.
Then they lined up on the track at 100m and the crowd went silent. You could have heard a pin drop as these four talented track athletes prepared for the race of their lives. Would Gosling, with those long levers and suspicious amount of testosterone (being a bloke) power the team off to a storming start? Would Jenkins the little powerhouse keep the pace high in the crucial second 100m? All eyes were on Edmondson, the stalwart of the team, as she was charged with holding it together for the final handover. And Joyce. How would Joyce fare in that critical home straight?
We’d have the answers in just a few moments…
On your marks… set… go!
In an actually-not-so-bad-really time of 71 seconds, the team finished triumphant and breathing hard with the exertion. Well, it wasn’t tooooo far off the new women’s 4x100m World Record of 40.82!
Then, because it was a nice evening and that hadn’t really taken very long, they decided to all line up together and do a 100m race.
Gold to Gosling
Silver to Jenkins
Bronze to Joyce
But after the post-race interview, a heated dispute and much consulting of the ancient tome which is The Rulebook, Gosling was sensationally stripped of his Gold medal on account of being a man in a woman’s race.
So the final positions were
Gold to Jenkins
Silver to Joyce
Bronze to Edmondson
How have the London 2012 Olympic Games inspired you today?
Nicola Joyce – the Fit Writer – is a freelance copywriter and journalist who writes for the sport and fitness industry. Her main website is here.