World records-holder Usain Bolt nearly met his match during the Olympic 200-meter semifinals on Wednesday. The decorated runner edged out Canada’s Andre De Grasse by a mere .02 seconds in a race that saw their budding bromance finally blossom. The two were seen smiling and laughing just before crossing the finish line.
Needless to say, that love begat dank memes.
I want someone to look at me the way Bolt and De Grasse look at each other. pic.twitter.com/FAEXxKGU8d— Faizal Khamisa (@SNFaizalKhamisa) August 18, 2016
Just two dudes having a friendly chat while running a 19.78 200m pic.twitter.com/UKL5wCzIcL— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) August 18, 2016
NBC’s Joe Posnanski recalled an interview just after the semifinals, where Bolt calls the burst of energy De Grasse displayed towards the end of the race “not cool.” The fastest man on the planet reportedly said that “there was no reason to run that fast.” This presumably sum sup De Grasse’s reaction after the race.
What does this mean for the memers of the world, sprinting their way to viral glory by way of bromance?
Literally nothing. Bolt could sincerely be pissed, but we’re all holding out hope that it was just emotion getting the better of him. Friendly competition, even at an Olympic level, is totally conducive to the De Grasse-Bolt bromance.
Stay golden, guys.