Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Bolt smashes 100 metre World Record

AP Photo/Michael Sohn


Usain Bolt has proved again he races in a world all his own.

The Olympic champion won a huge matchup against Tyson Gay at the World Championships, beating his chest after he crossed the line and watched the clock stop at 9.58 seconds.

Looking at the clock beyond the finish line, Bolt even beat time itself.

Running full-out in ideal conditions and against the toughest competition possible for the first time in his 22 years, Bolt blew away his own worldrecord by a massive .11 seconds and made Gay seem slow despite setting a U.S. record of 9.71 seconds, the third fastest time in history.

"I got a pretty good start,'' Bolt said. "I was there at 20 meters and that was it.''

It was the biggest increase in the record since electronic time was introduced in 1968.

After Jim Hines ran 9.95 at 1968 Mexico City Olympics, it took 28 years to shave another .11 seconds, as Donovan Bailey clocked 9.84 in 1996.

Bolt did the same in 12 months.

Exactly one year ago at the Beijing Games, Bolt was breezing after 70 meters and set a record of 9.69.

But on the deep indigo blue track of the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, Gay pushed him and his own sore groin as far as he could. To no avail.

Gay stayed with him over the first part but once Bolt unfurled that huge stride of his, there was no contest.

Asafa Powell of Jamaica took bronze in 9.84.


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