The Reuters global sports blog
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
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said on Wednesday, hours before Semenya was due to run, that the procedure for a gender test had started following her rapid performance improvement in the past year.
His 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.
Jamaica’s Usain Bolt obliterated his own world record on Sunday as he won the men’s 100 metres final at the world athletics championships in an incredible, mind-boggling 9.58 seconds.
One year to the day from his world record breaking victory in the Olympic final in Beijing, Bolt blew away the field on the blue track in Berlin. American Tyson Gay ran 9.71 to take silver, and Asafa Powell was third after running 9.84.
Usain Bolt versus Tyson Gay is the sort of showdown that would grace any era of athletics and with a bit of luck the world championships in Berlin should give us two takes – in the 100 and 200 metres.
The match-up between the Jamaican and the American was supposed to be the highlight of the Beijing Olympics but it wasn’t meant to be. Bolt stole the show with three golds and three world records while Gay failed even to make the 100 final. Bolt was in such crowd-pleasing form that in truth you hardly noticed the other seven runners on the track.
Pierre de Coubertin must be turning in his grave at the news that golf, surely the globe’s ultimate consumerist, exclusive sport, is set to be played at the 2016 Olympics.
The Frenchman revived the ancient Olympic Games at the end of the 19th century to embrace the spirit of sportsmanship and amateur ideals of a bygone era.
Usain Bolt is undoubtedly the man of the moment in the world of athletics but American Tyson Gay has the fastest times over the 100 and 200 metres this season and goes into next month’s world championships as defending champion over both distances.
Unfortunately it looks as if he will also be going to Berlin at best short of training and at worst still carrying a groin injury that he says will eventually need surgery.
The overall entertainment, garnished with the eternal rivalry between Greek arch enemies Panathinaikos Athens and Olympiakos Piraeus, was every bit as eye-catching as the recent
NCAA Final Four in Detroit.