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Olympic Games 2008: Even Bolt left stunned at 19.30

21 August 2008
www.world-track.org

Usain Bolt (JAM) reacts after setting a world record of 19.30 in the 200m at National Stadium during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games (Image of Sport) Usain Bolt (JAM) reacts after setting a world record of 19.30 in the 200m at National Stadium during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games (Image of Sport)
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By Gary Smith

Newly crowned 200-metres world record holder and Olympic champion Usain Bolt of Jamaica, said he too was amazed at breaking the world mark Wednesday night in Beijing.

The 21-year-old executed well from start to finish, running into a headwind of -0.9 m/s to axe .02seconds off American great, Michael Johnson's previous world record of 19.32-secs.

"I'm shocked, I am still shocked," Bolt said on the IAAF website on Wednesday."I knew the track was a fast track but I didn't think this was possible.

"I have been aspiring to the world record for so long. It is a dream come true. I got out good, I ran the corner as hard as possible and once I entered the straight told myself to 'keep it up, don't die on me now.'"

After Bolt had shattered his own 100m world record in comfortable fashion, Johnson said he believed Bolt had the talent to lower the 200m record, but despite his majestic performances this season, he was not ready to erase his Atlanta Olympic mark.

Johnson had actually predicted a time of 19.5 seconds for Bolt in Beijing, and was convinced, even before the gun went off that his record was still in good shape for another year.

"Look, he's going to do it. He's going to break the 200m world record there's no doubt about it," Johnson said earlier this week.

"It's very possible for him (to break the record). It's just not going to happen this year."

Bolt, evidently, did not take notice of Johnson's comments and with the entire stadium pushing him towards the feat, the Jamaican sped home to become the first man since countryman Don Quarrie, to clinch both the 100m and 200m world records at once.

"I knew the track was a fast track but I didn't think this was possible," an emotional Bolt said afterwards.

Meanwhile, Johnson, keeping his fingers crossed as Bolt powered down the homestretch, perhaps had hoped to see the initial flashed time change from 19.31 to at least 19.32 to keep his name close to the mark.

But when the time was rounded down to an even faster time, the American, whose mark once stood as impossible, knew he had been replaced by a true legend.

"He got an incredible start," Johnson said. "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."

Bolt, who turns 22 on Thursday, has undoubtedly given himself a personal gift and will round things off with perhaps another gold medal in the 4x100m. Will this be another world record? Who knows? We just have to wait and see.



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"I have been aspiring to the world record for so long. It is a dream come true. I got out good, I ran the corner as hard as possible and once I entered the straight told myself to 'keep it up, don't die on me now.'"
After Bolt had shattered his own 100m world record in comfortable fashion, Johnson said he believed Bolt had the talent to lower the 200m record, but despite his majestic performances this season, he was not ready to erase his Atlanta Olympic mark.
Johnson had actually predicted a time of 19.5 seconds for Bolt in Beijing, and was convinced, even before the gun went off that his record was still in good shape for another year.
"Look, he's going to do it. He's going to break the 200m world record there's no doubt about it," Johnson said earlier this week.
"It's very possible for him (to break the record). It's just not going to happen this year."
Bolt, evidently, did not take notice of Johnson's comments and with the entire stadium pushing him towards the feat, the Jamaican sped home to become the first man since countryman Don Quarrie, to clinch both the 100m and 200m world records at once.
"I knew the track was a fast track but I didn't think this was possible," an emotional Bolt said afterwards.
Meanwhile, Johnson, keeping his fingers crossed as Bolt powered down the homestretch, perhaps had hoped to see the initial flashed time change from 19.31 to at least 19.32 to keep his name close to the mark.
But when the time was rounded down to an even faster time, the American, whose mark once stood as impossible, knew he had been replaced by a true legend.
"He got an incredible start," Johnson said. "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."
Bolt, who turns 22 on Thursday, has undoubtedly given himself a personal gift and will round things off with perhaps another gold medal in the 4x100m. Will this be another world record? Who knows? We just have to wait and see." target="digg"> Digg



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