Thursday, 15 January 2009

Sporting Pick's of 2008: Part 4 - August 20th – Bolt wins 200m in record time

"Jamaica's Usain Bolt added the 200m crown to his Olympic 100m title in an incredible new world record time of 19.30 seconds in Beijing.

The 21-year-old, who won the 100m title in a world record of 9.69 secs, powered past the field to cross the line and smash Michael Johnson's mark of 19.32. American defending champion Shawn Crawford took silver with team-mate Walter Dix getting the bronze.

Great Britain's Christian Malcolm clocked 20.40 secs for fifth place. Bolt seized both with ease, becoming the first man to secure the prestigious Olympic sprint double since Carl Lewis in 1984. The 6ft 5in sprinter is also the first since compatriot Don Quarrie in 1976 to hold both sprint world records at the same time. "

Golden boots wins Olympic gold in spectacular but totally laidback fashion. The casual way he ‘meandered’ over the finish line was just bizarre, with potential further shavings off an already great time available, had he been bothered! Instead, he just calmly got to the finish line and saluted his fans with nonchalant modesty.

This race is here, rather than the 100m, really because the 200 is a more difficult race to perfect, with it being the shortest race with a bend and strict lane regulations to be kept to. It was these lane rules which disqualified several of the finalists. That and at the moment, the world record for the 100 metres seems to fall every year. Bolt not only won, but took 2/100th of a second off Michael Johnson’s world record, which itself was one of the highlights of the Atlanta Olympics. This would have pleased Bolt greatly as this was his event, rather than the 100m.

To cap it all, Bolt helped his countrymen to 4x100m relay gold as well. One of THE faces of the Beijing Olympics.

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