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Three golds, three world records

August 22, 2008

Relay goldOK, it’s not Michael Phelps territory, but Usain Bolt clinched his third gold medal and third world record from three events when Jamaica won the 4x100m relay on Friday.

Bolt teamed up with Nesta Carter, Michael Frater and Asafa Powell to clock a time of 37.10 seconds and take 0.30 seconds off the 15-year-old record set by the United States at the 1993 world championships.

There was disappointment for Jamaica, however, when their women’s relay team were disqualified for messing up the second changeover between Sherone Simpson and Kerron Stewart.

Still, five out of six ain’t bad.

PHOTO: Usain Bolt of Jamaica (back) urges on his team mate Asafa Powell during their men’s 4 x 100m relay final of the athletics competition in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 22, 2008. REUTERS/David Gray


Sheer brilliance; fantastic race by the all the boys… I felt so proud to see Asafa crossing the line…. As well as breaking the WR…. Jamaica is going to party all weekend… Well done

Posted by Marcel | Report as abusive

three games three WRs! Unbelievable! My suggestion is he should try 400m race!

Posted by Zh | Report as abusive

Simply Phenomenal!

I believe this is a once in a lifetime performance, one the world may not see again for a really long time. And its not just Usain’s effort, but the combined effort of the entire Jamaican team.

Such a tiny lad of an island slew the mighty giants of the world and stands atop the pile with no equal.

Simply Phenomenal!

Posted by Dwayne | Report as abusive

The Jamaicans are pretty much unstoppable at this point.


“Not Michael Phelp’s territory”??

You’ve got to be kidding (unless you mean that Phelp’s territory is at a lower level than that of Bolt’s).

Phelps may have the apparent numerical/statistical advantage.

Bolt’s efforts though are in a class of their own.

Three contests. Three wins. Three world records.

A perfect record. It doesn’t get better than that.

Step aside Phelps, the biggest star of the ’08 Olympics was Usain “Lightning” Bolt.

Posted by Asher | Report as abusive

i agree wholeheartedly with “Asher”. Phelp’s cause was assisted by having events closely stacked together- and the fact that if you view history, there’s been a whole bunch of repeat champs and multiple event winners and medalists throughout swimming- due to the nature of the sport. if there was a 80,120,140,160 and 180m sprint and a 4×100, 4×200 and 4xmedley in t&f then usain wouldve won a load too.
Phelp’s effort was great no doubt, but the chasm between Bolt, and the fact that every human born attempts to run fast, puts him in a much tougher grade. Bolt’s performances- even prior to the games put him at the number one athletic freak spot. Phelps is clearly second.


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