Former Cal and NFL running back Jahvid Best made the Olympics as a runner for Saint Lucia in the 100m sprint. Best had his qualifying run in Rio on Saturday, sprinting from Lane 8 in the event's seventh heat.
Best happened to be two lanes away from Jamaica's Usain Bolt, the fastest man who ever lived. While Bolt finished his 100 meters in a heat-best 10.07 seconds, Best finished his in 10.39, just 0.32 seconds behind the world's greatest sprinter. (Best finished seventh of nine runners in the heat and did not qualify for the event's semifinals.)
There isn't much drama in a qualifying heat for Bolt, who's previously run the 100m as fast as 9.58 seconds, and he entered with a 9.88 time this year. Every eye was on him:
Best qualified for Rio by beating a mandated threshold of 10.16 seconds in the 100m in qualifying, punching his ticket to the Games.
He played football at Cal from 2007 to 2009, totaling more than 3,000 yards from scrimmage and scoring 35 touchdowns for the Bears. Best was a lightning bolt in Berkeley. He was one of the country's great playmakers.
The Detroit Lions picked him in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft, and Best played 16 games for the Lions in his rookie season. Concussions sadly ended Best's football days after just 22 professional games, and he later sued the NFL, arguing the league didn't adequately protect its players.