Bolt Sets World Record in 200 Meters; Semenya Wins 800
Friday, August 21, 2009
BERLIN, Aug. 20 -- Usain Bolt startled the world again.
The Jamaican sprinting great captured the 200-meter gold medal in 19.19 seconds at the track and field world championships on Thursday to set yet another world record.
His time in the 200 slashed 0.11 of a second off the mark he set last year at the Beijing Olympics and came four days after he broke his record in the 100 by the same margin.
"I am on my way to being a legend," said Bolt, who gritted his teeth and pointed to the clock as soon as his time flashed.
No one among the near capacity crowd at the 70,000-seat Olympic Stadium disagreed.
"If Queen Elizabeth knighthooded me and I would get the title Sir Usain Bolt, that would be very nice," Bolt said.
Bolt is 5 for 5 in major sprint events. He won the gold in the 100, 200 and sprint relay in Beijing, each time with a world record. Now he is one race away from doing likewise in Berlin.
"I was running my heart out," Bolt said. "I got my start right and that was the key."
Alonso Edward of Panama was second, a distant 0.62 of a second behind Bolt. Wallace Spearmon of the United States took bronze.
"Just coming out there, I'm just waiting for the lights to flash 'game over,' 'cause I felt like I was in a video game," said Shawn Crawford, who finished fourth. "That guy was moving -- fast."
After defending champion Tyson Gay had withdrawn because of injury, Bolt's main competitor stood beyond the finish line -- a huge track clock painted in the same colors as his Jamaican jersey.
With a new take on President John F. Kennedy's famous Cold War quote "Ich bin ein Berliner," Bolt pleased the locals with a training jersey saying "Ich bin ein Berlino," referring to the bear mascot of the championships.