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August 20, 2008

Olympics: Usain Bolt of Jamaica Sets NEW 200 Meter World Record. Clocks 19.30 Seconds – Makes History!

 On the eve of his birthday, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt made history.  He won the GOLD for the 200 meter by four body lengths on the world’s biggest stage at the Olympics in Beijing, China. He smashed Michael Johnson’s 12 year record of 19.32 seconds – Bolt won in 19.30 setting another world record!!!

21 year old Bolt became the first man ever to break the world record in both the 100 and 200 at the same Olympics and the first since Carl Lewis in 1984 to win the sprint double.

 Bolt had already won the race halfway through, but unlike his record-setting performance in the 100 four nights before, there was no animated celebrating until he crossed the line. He went hard all the way, looking at the clock down the stretch, leaning at the line, knowing that Michael Johnson’s revered mark was within reach.

Bolt had been accused of jogging through the line in his heats but the Jamaican said he would run flat out in the final and he delivered on that promise with fascination!

He blasted out of the blocks and was already well clear of the field going into the bend at the Bird’s Nest stadium.

The Olympic 100m champion accelerated away down the straight, gritting his teeth as he chased down gold and the record that Johnson set 12 years ago in Atlanta.

 When he saw the number come up — a number that never has before been displayed in a human race — he raised his arms, then fell flat to his back, arms and legs outstretched, and basked in the roar of the Bird’s Nest crowd.  Bolt now has three world records – this one, the 100 meter from Saturday and the one from Randall Island, New York in May when he broke the 100 record the first time.

A version of “Happy Birthday” played over the public-address system as he took off his gold shoes and wrapped the Jamaican flag around his shoulders like a scarf.

The race for the other medals was a little dramatic. Churandy MARTINA of Netherlands Antilles finished second behind Bolt and American Wallace Spearmon came in third.

But while Spearmon was still celebrating on the track he learned he had been disqualified for running outside his lane; two hours later track officials accepted a U.S. protest that Martina did the same.

Instead American defending champion Shawn Crawford took silver with team-mate Walter Dix getting the bronze.  Great Britain’s Christian Malcolm clocked 20.40 seconds for fifth place.

The final stat sheet showed Bolt an incredible 0.66 seconds ahead of Crawford. Officially, it will go down as the largest margin of victory in an Olympic 200.

The last man to hold both the 100 meter and 200 meter simultaneously was none other than Donald Quarrie, the 1970s Jamaican star whom Bolt said he always wanted to pattern his running after.

 Now Quarrie and everyone else — Lewis, Jesse Owens, any of the other six men to complete an Olympic 100-200 double — takes a back seat. Nobody other than Johnson had ever run a 200 in under 19.6 and nobody had broken 9.7 in the 100 before Beijing.  Now Bolt has done both.

 “Incredible.  This guy is Superman II” Michael Johnson, now the former record-holder, said after the race. “He got an incredible start. Guys of 6-5 should not be able to start like that. It’s that long, massive stride. He’s eating up so much more track than others. He came in focused, knowing he would likely win the gold and he’s got the record.”

“You’re back there giving it everything you’ve got — it’s brutal,” said Kim Collins, the 2003 world champ who finished seventh. “He’s doing it and making it look so simple. Michael Johnson did it and it didn’t look that easy.” 

Bolt’s victory made Jamaica 3-for-3 in the Olympic sprints, and the women’s 200 Thursday will include three Jamaicans with gold-medal potential — Veronica Campbell-Brown, Sherone Simpson and Kerron Stewart.

Bolt, who will celebrate his 22nd birthday in Beijing on Thursday, could win a third gold medal when he competes in the 4x100m relay.

“I have been dreaming about winning the 200m since I was yay high,” he added pointing to his knees.

“It means a lot to me – more than the 100m because I have loved this event since I was 15 and became the youngest winner of the world junior championships. Since that day it was dear to my heart.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Vt05R-WF_4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDpMYOjWaI4&NR=1

Happy Birthday Lightening!!!

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15 Comments »

  1. i think track and field are the best olympic sport.i like doing track myself!
    i hope everyone enjoys track and field as much as i do.Bye!

    Comment by jenny — August 20, 2008 @ 5:02 pm | Reply

  2. Super Bolt is phenomenal!!

    Comment by ESTEBAN AGOSTO REID — August 20, 2008 @ 6:17 pm | Reply

  3. Kudos to Melanie Walker!!

    Comment by ESTEBAN AGOSTO REID — August 20, 2008 @ 6:23 pm | Reply

  4. Check out the “Kick Ass Blog” award.
    http://pennsylvaniaforchange.wordpress.com/2008/08/20/blogger-awards/#respond

    Comment by Cats r Flyfishn — August 20, 2008 @ 6:55 pm | Reply

  5. Congrats Esteban! I know you LOVE and SUPPORT Team Jamaica 110%.

    Congrats to all the JA athletes and coaches!!!

    Nuff respect!!!

    Comment by Paulette — August 20, 2008 @ 7:35 pm | Reply

  6. Paulette – you have been presented with the “Kick Ass Blog” award.
    http://pennsylvaniaforchange.wordpress.com/2008/08/20/blogger-awards/#respond

    Cats r Flyfishn
    August 20, 2008

    Comment by Cats r Flyfishn — August 20, 2008 @ 7:52 pm | Reply

  7. Big Up,Jamaica! I am so proud. Congrats on your “Kick Ass Blog” award.

    JA all the way! Thanks BOLT!

    Comment by siriushomes — August 20, 2008 @ 9:46 pm | Reply

  8. I felt bad for Wallace Spearmon, imagine bumping chest with the winner , running around with your flag and then be told over a loud speaker you are disqualified. Did you see the look on his face?. Darn

    As for Bolt, what better way to celebrate your birthday?. I heard puma sold 2 million of those shoes he was wearing.

    it was exciting to match, I think he has brought a certain level of interest to track and field that was not there before. Jamaica is celebrating.

    Comment by duttybwoy — August 21, 2008 @ 12:01 am | Reply

  9. Paulette the second picture is truly funny, where are thee other guys?

    Comment by duttybwoy — August 21, 2008 @ 12:05 am | Reply

  10. Paulette the second picture is truly funny, where are the other runners?

    Comment by duttybwoy — August 21, 2008 @ 12:05 am | Reply

  11. someday, i want to go to the olypics and be in the track and field

    Comment by jenny — August 21, 2008 @ 9:49 am | Reply

  12. Dutty, mi feel bad fi Spearmon tuh!!!

    Comment by Paulette — August 21, 2008 @ 10:34 am | Reply

  13. Dutty – he is Superman II like Michael Johnson says.

    If this was a 250m race he would have had a lead time of 10 seconds on everyone in the field!

    I heard about the 2 million sneaker sales in 3 days – MY GOSH that is ridiculous!!! What a marketing machine Usain is. That’s like Michael Jordan type sale figures! CRAZY!

    Comment by Paulette — August 21, 2008 @ 10:44 am | Reply

  14. Di bwoy can run… Mek wi proud to di max.

    World record again. Stunning performance out
    there.

    Unnu see when him “Bus di dance”…
    Di “Gulley Creeper”….

    Big up wi country … Go JA!!!

    Comment by Glamourous — August 21, 2008 @ 12:11 pm | Reply

  15. good to see two of my cousins(bolt and Nesta) on the world
    stage and winning. banana ground,clarendon and trelawny really had something good to celebrate about at the beijing olympics. makes me feel really proud.

    Comment by andrea — September 14, 2008 @ 1:54 am | Reply


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