Mitch Perry Report 8.10.12 - Who is the World's Greatest Athlete?

Usain Bolt won the 200-meter final last night. That came days after taking the 100 meter run, becoming the first man in Olympic history to capture Gold medals in both events in consecutive Summer Olympic games. On Saturday, he'll compete with his Jamaican teammates in the 4x100 relay. If he can lead the Jamaicans to a victory there, he'll be 3 for 3 at these Olympics, same way he was in Beijing four years ago.

So he's undoubtedly the world's fastest man. But is the world's greatest athlete?

A lot of people say that, but what about American Ashton Eaton, who won the decathlon last night by scoring 8,869 points, second most in Olympic history?

That's pretty damn impressive. So when did the the decathlon get buried below so many other notable events at the Olympics, including beach volleyball?

When I was an impressionable youth I was transfixed by Bruce Jenner's victory in the decathlon in Montreal in 1976. Frankly it was one of the reasons I was inspired to become a runner, something I've done almost every day since then (except for my college years). Jenner's performance in Montreal was an electrifying experience, and he was feted for his athletic prowess as an American hero, getting on the cover of Wheaties. Le us add (especially for readers under 35) that this was way pre-Kardashian, pre-plastic surgery and all of the other things that have made Jenner extremely uncool in 2012.

Was it 20 years ago that Reebok ran all of those "Dave vs. Dan" ads going into the Olympic trials, featuring American decathlon stars Dave O'Brien and Dan Johnson? Performing well in 10 different events was (and is) an incredible feat, but it just isn't considered that cool anymore. Anyone know why?

Anyway, you will get one last chance to see Usain Bolt tomorrow night on NBC. Check YouTube if you want to experience what Ashton Easton did to become yes, the World's Greatest Athlete.

That's not me saying that. That's Usain Bolt.

In the news yesterday: Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn isn't just focusing on the RNC. Yesterday he unveiled his new budget, which dips into the city's reserve funds to the tune of $8.7 million.

The Pinellas County Sheriff race next Tuesday could be a nail-biter. Recently we asked the two GOP candidates running their thoughts on regulating guns.

And in this week's issue of CL: Jim Hightower, the former Democratic Agriculture Commissioner from the great state of Texas and now liberal commentator, comes to speak in Tampa next week. We spoke to him in advance of that appearance.

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