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Lightning Bolt strikes again



Usain Bolt repeated his 100m record-breaking feats at the World Athletics Championsips in Berlin on Thursday, smashing the 200m time he set in Beijing 12 months ago to claim his second gold medal of the event.

The lightning quick Jamaican posted 19.19 seconds to take 11 hundredths of a second off the record, the exact same size bite he took out of the 100 on Sunday.

It was, once again, a jaw-dropping performance from the world’s most famous yam eater. Just as he did in Beijing, he went all out for the line and when you consider that the time of 19.30 he clocked at the Olympics already defied belief for most of us this was almost beyond description.

PHOTO: Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates after winnig in the men’s 200 metres final during the world athletics championships at the Olympic stadium in Berlin, August 20, 2009. Bolt set a new world record with 19.20 seconds. REUTERS/Phil Noble

Usain Bolt, and how I spurred him on to greatness


bolt1His feet are now worth millions but for one horrible, time-stopping moment back in 2005, Usain Bolt’s path to athletics immortality could have been very different.

Four years ago I covered the world championships for Reuters in Helsinki and was part of a group of journalists invited by sponsors to meet the then 18-year-old Bolt, an emerging but raw talent who had already had lofty expectations bestowed on him having become world 200 metres junior champion at 15.

New athletics league could be gem for U.S.


ATHLETICS/For years even the most elite American track and field athletes needed to fly to Europe to compete in the big leagues of athletics.

That all changed Monday with the announcement that well-established meetings in New York City and Eugene, Oregon, will become a part of the IAAF Diamond League, a new 12-to-15 meet premier global series to be launched in 2010.