Monday, 17 August 2009

Usain Bolt does it again, this time in 9.58 seconds!

Usain Bolt - fastest man in the worldThe Jamaican sprinter, Usain Bolt, did it again. He broke his own 100 meter sprint record by winning the IAAF World Championships in Berlin on Sunday in an astonishing 9.58 seconds! American Tyson Gay claimed silver in 9.71s with former world record holder Asafa Powell of Jamaica clocking 9.84s for bronze.

Video: IAAF Berlin 2009 - World Championships 100m Final

Usain Bolt history

Usain Bolt winning the IAAF World Championships 100m in Berlin in 9.58 secondsLast year he broke the 100m world record at the 2008 Beijing Olympics (9.69 seconds) but he visibly slowed down before he reached the finish line so everyone knew he had the ability to eventually win the event in a faster time. Well, it took him exactly one year to do it! He truly is an incredible athlete.

Usain Bolt currently holds the world records for the 100 metres at 9.58 seconds, the 200 metres at 19.30 seconds and the 4x100 metres relay at 37.10 seconds.

I've always loved big sport events and I've have always had a particular interest in the sprints from an early age. I also participated at school level and it was my favourite track event. Who can forget Carl Lewis completely dominating the track in the early 80's, or Ben Johnson who disgraced the sport when he was disqualified for taking a banned substance after breaking the 100m world record at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul (9.79s). His previous record of 9.83s at the 1987 World Championships in Rome was also nullified after he admitted using banned substances then as well. It's therefore refreshing to see an athlete like Usain Bolt running these incredible times, drug free!

Can Bolt run the event in under 9.50 seconds? I think so. He's very tall and still seems to be the last one out of the blocks at the start and if he can improve that, I'm sure we'll see another world record in the not too distant future.

Related link
Photo gallery of the race - Sport24

1 comment:

  1. there's little doubt now (as if there was any before) that Usain Bolt is the fastest man in the world


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