Usain Bolt hailed a victory for common sense as a petition by top athletes to keep Cern’s supercollider out of the 2012 games convinced LOCOG to act. The Large Hadron Collider has recorded unofficial records for the 100m and 200m since racing competitively in 2009, but has been kept out of the Olympics as the organisers couldn’t guarantee fair play.
‘It wasn’t going to be fair – technically the LHC always gets a head start. As it reaches 99.99999999999% of the speed of light, time slows – so it always beats us off the blocks “, Bolt went on to say.
Lord Coe was more sanguine in his response, stating that while organisers were looking forward to a brace of crowd-pleasing new records, the necessary upgrades to the race timing equipment were proving costly. “Cern themselves have spent over £10bn on equipment to detect when a Boson crosses the line – it was going to stretch our budget”.
A spokeswoman for the LHC said: “ This is utter bollocks, the LHC was allowed to compete with Bolt in 10 other parallel universes – why not this one?”