Bolt wins Gold in 200m and sets a new World Record

Bolt wins Gold in 200m and sets a new World RecordBEIJING (Reuters) – Jamaica’s Usain Bolt became the first man to win the Olympic sprint double with two world records when he blazed to 200 meters gold in 19.30 seconds.

The 21-year-old, who eased up before setting a record of 9.69 in the 100m on Saturday, allowed himself no such indulgence in the longer race and dipped over the line to take two hundredths of a second off Michael Johnson’s 1996 mark.

“It’s great, I have a great feeling, it is a dream come true,” Bolt told reporters. “I never expected this. I knew the track was a fast track but I didn’t think this was possible. I’m shocked, I’m still shocked.

“I have been aspiring to the world record for so long.”

Churandy Martina of the Netherland Antilles was second in 19.82 and defending champion Shawn Crawford of the United States, who ran 19.96, was bumped up to bronze after compatriot Wallace Spearmon was disqualified for stepping out of his lane.

U.S. Track and Field protested against the disqualification but later accepted it. They then lodged a protest against Martina, saying he had also stepped out of his lane.

For the second time in five days, though, the Bird’s Nest belonged to the super-cool Bolt.

He struck a series of poses as the television cameras settled on him before he took to his blocks but again he got away cleanly and was well clear of his rivals by the halfway point.

There was no showboating over the final stages on Wednesday, however, and he maintained his form and loping stride before sneaking a glance at the clock as crossed the line about seven meters clear of Martina.

“It’s ridiculous,” said former 100 meters world champion Kim Collins, who finished seventh. “He’s doing it and making it look so simple. When Michael Johnson did it, it didn’t look that easy.

“It’s brutal. It’s a brutal ass-whipping we took. It’s terrible here.”

American Carl Lewis was the last man to win both sprints at the same Games in Los Angeles in 1984 and Bolt became just the ninth athlete to achieve the feat.

The previous world record of 19.32 was set by American Johnson in the 1996 Olympics final.

“Superman 2 — incredible,” Johnson told BBC TV. “He wanted that record. This is his favorite event, he went for it, he came in focused on it, knowing he would most likely win the gold.”

Bolt, the 6ft 5in (1.96m) former world junior champion, owned the best time 200 time of this year (19.67) and finished second behind American Tyson Gay at the 2007 world championships.

STRONG FAVOURITE

When an injury at the U.S. trials deprived Gay of the chance to run the 200m in Beijing, Bolt immediately became a strong favorite for the event.

Bolt’s coach Glen Mills had always wanted him to emulate Johnson by doubling up in the 200 and 400 but he had never enjoyed the tougher training for the one-lap event.

The pair reached an agreement last year that if he broke the Jamaican 200m record of 1976 Olympic champion Don Quarrie, he would be allowed to try the 100 and the reggae-loving Bolt duly delivered.

The impressive 10.03 seconds he ran in his first 100 race in 2007 was just a prelude to his remarkable assault on the event in 2008 and he has now set two new world marks.

A keen cricketer before he turned to athletics, Bolt first announced his talent when he became the youngest world junior champion by winning the 200m in Kingston in 2002 at the age of 15.

(Editing by Ed Osmond)

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