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Bolt's 100m World record ratified by the IAAF

4 August 2008

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Usain Bolt's stunning 9.72 seconds performance which set a World record in the men's 100 metres on May 31, was ratified by the IAAF on Monday.

Running only his fourth 100m this season and what then was the fifth in his career, Bolt destroyed a talented 100m field at the Reebok Grand Prix in New York City, to erase the previous record of 9.74 held by compatriot Asafa Powell.

In all this year Bolt has run five times under 10-seconds and four of the ten fastest.

In fact, the 21-year-old has dominated both the 100m and 200m this season. He has only one defeat from his nine starts in both events, with his only loss coming to Powell in close race in Stockholm, on July 22.

In addition to his world record run in the 100m, Bolt has also produced a sizzling 19.67secs, the fastest time by a long way in the 200m this campaign. The mark is the fifth fastest off all-time and the fastest by a Jamaican and Caribbean athlete.

In all the IAAF ratified three world record performances. Cuba's Dayron Robles also saw his men's 110m hurdles mark of 12.87 seconds going into the books.

Robles broke the 12.88secs set by China's Liu Xiang at the Lausanne Grand Prix meeting in Switzerland in July 2006.

Three Women's World Junior records -- Kenya's teenage sensation Pamela Jelimo (1:55.76 and 1:54.99) for 800m and Ukraine's Vira Rebryk Javelin Throw mark of 63.01m, were also ratified.

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