The 2020 Summer Olympics may have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, but that doesn't mean sports fans will have to go entirely without new world records. That is, if Britney Spears' recent social media post is to be taken as 100% accurate. Yes, the pop star has claimed that she ran 100 meters faster than current record-holder Jamaican runner Usain Bolt.
Usain Bolt currently holds the record in the 100m race with 9.58 seconds. Britney Spears took to Instagram (in a post that has since been deleted) to state that she ran the "100 meter dash" in just 5.97 seconds, with a screenshot of the stopwatch feature on her phone. Fortunately, a Twitter user saved an image of her post and the caption:
Somewhat hilariously, Britney Spears' caption states that her first attempt at the 100m dash was 9 seconds, and she usually goes for 6 or 7 seconds. The 5.97 seconds was a personal best as well as the world record, according to Spears' deleted Instagram post! She even broke out the emojis to celebrate. What would Usain Bolt say?
Well, nobody should count on the Olympian weighing in on Britney Spears' claim or challenging her to a race, and not just because Spears deleted the original post or because Usain Bolt once seemingly considered jumping into acting. In a subsequent post on Instagram, Spears clarified what she meant with the image that got everybody talking.
Here's how Britney Spears put it:
So, nobody should take her seriously when she suggested that she's faster than Usain Bolt. Britney Spears has faced plenty of real-life struggles over her years in the limelight that should be taken much more seriously. She checked into a mental health facility in 2019 over her father's illness, and her difficulties were later attributed to an adjustment in her medications. To clear up some rumors about what was happening, Spears took to Instagram.
Even if Britney Spears had shocked the world by coming out as a record-breaking runner, she wouldn't be heading to the Olympics in Tokyo this summer. For the first time ever, the Olympics have been postponed. (The Olympics were outright cancelled once before due to World War II.) Rumors of a postponement began to seriously circulate back at the end of February, and now both athletes and couch potatoes planning to watch from home are out of luck.
The Olympics aren't the only broadcasts that will be missing from the small screen in the coming weeks and months because of the pandemic, unfortunately. Hey, at least there will always be those Britney Spears music videos available online! "Hit Me Baby One More Time" never gets old, if you ask me. For some shows that have been cut off in the 2019-2020 TV season, check out our updated list of major TV show delays or ending early due to coronavirus.
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