In five trips to the Olympics, I’ve never experienced the moment that unfolded in the seconds before Bolt ran the 100-meter finals. When runners were announced, the Olympic Stadium found its full throat, roaring behind the lung capacity of 80,000 fans. Then, just as runners climbed into the starting blocks … silence.

Complete and utter pin-drop silence.

That phrase gets used a lot, but it’s rarely, if ever, true. There’s always a bit of sound lurking somewhere. But as Bolt and others lined up, and before a soon-to-be arrested fan threw a bottle on the track, a person could have closed his or her eyes and been transported to a sun-drenched country field with no one around for miles.

-— Bryce Miller, Des Moines Register

Source: USA Today