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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Usain Bolt banishes 100m demons with world 200m

By Adam Davies
"Usain Bolt destroyed the field on Saturday to win world 200m gold, running the fourth fastest time in history and earning redemption in South Korea after his shock 100m disqualification.

Bolt was slowest out of the blocks but quickly opened up a commanding lead, casting a single look at silver medallist Walter Dix on his outside as he came out of the bend before he drove for home.

Teeth clenched and eyes on the clock, Bolt flew down the home stretch, desperate to prove his doubters wrong and underline his position as the greatest sprinter on the planet. He clocked a world lead of 19.40 seconds.

Only Bolt, twice, and American track legend Michael Johnson have run faster. . .

 . . . Bolt, the unchallenged star of world sprinting in recent years and the biggest name in athletics, was disqualified from the 100m final on Sunday after a false start.

The Jamaican was distraught after his catastrophic mistake, ripping off his singlet and holding his head in disbelief before leaving the track as team-mate Yohan Blake powered to gold.

But it was a different story on the penultimate night of action in Daegu.

"I am very happy and proud to have won here today. After the false start on Sunday I was extremely disappointed not to have given myself the chance to defend my 100m title," said Bolt.

"The 200m represented a great opportunity for me to put it behind me and move on, and I've been determined to do so all week. The crowd was wonderful here tonight and I really enjoyed the moment."

 . . . After storming to the 100m and 200m sprint double in then-world record times at the 2008 Olympics, Bolt matched his feat the following year at the Berlin worlds, setting new marks of 9.58 and 19.19sec.

Bolt himself admitted he is not in world record form this year but his win in South Korea confirms his status as the most marketable sportsman on the planet - and firm favourite to retain his Olympic titles in London next year.

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1 comment:

  1. Where in the world have we heard the foreign minister of a nation going to an embassy to negotiate a permanent Visa ban on him for egregious offenses he committed in that country? What a shame? Shame on you Bousquet! Shame on you St. Lucia!

    What's going on with the crusader? Why could I get a copy this weekend? Was the Richard Frederick Wikileaks story? Doesn't all st. Lucia know that Richard is wanted bythe US for drug trafficking and customs fraud?