Usain Bolt, the fastest man on earth, has done it again. What a record and a feat. Usain Bolt breaks the 200 meter world record in 19.19 in Berlin on August 20, 2009.
Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt claimed yet another world record as he recorded a stunning victory in the 200m final at the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics at the 1936 Olympic Stadium in Berlin, Germany. Bolt set a time of 19.19 seconds to demolish the previous record of 19.30 he set in winning Olympic gold last summer in Beijing. The 22-year-old finished well clear ahead of the field, with silver medalist Alonso Edward finishing in 19.81. Wallace Spearmon of the United States took bronze.
Bolt, who also smashed the 100m record with 9.58 in Berlin on Sunday, is now the first man to hold the 100 and 200m world and Olympic titles at the same time. After a nervy opening which saw Frenchman David Alerte false start, Bolt streaked off the blocks and took the lead within 20m.
Bolt told BBC Sport, “I can definitely say I didn’t expect that because I was a little bit tired. I said let’s try because people are really looking out for this, I said it won’t hurt to try. So I tried really hard and now I’m really tired.”
“Maybe next time I should just run the 200m or the 100m alone. My form was going backwards. I wasn’t running upright. It wasn’t a good race but it was a fast one.”
Bolt, who completed his 200m World Record Run win a day before his 23rd birthday, set three world records when winning his Olympic golds in Beijing last summer and his breathtaking performances in Berlin have enhanced his reputation as the best sprinter of all time.
“I definitely showed people that my world records in Beijing were not a joke,” he said.
“I keep telling you guys my aim is to become a legend,” he added. “I don’t think about records. I don’t put myself under pressure. I know what to do and I go and execute.”
“I did well for myself and I am on my way to becoming a legend so I am just happy.”
America’s Shawn Crawford, who finished fourth, admitted he was left in awe by Bolt’s display.
“Just coming out there, I’m just waiting for the lights to flash ‘game over,’ because I felt like I was in a video game,” said Crawford. “That guy was moving – fast.”
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