Bolt Gets Gold, Another Record in 200 at Worlds

Published August 20, 2009

BERLIN (AP) — Usain Bolt extended his stunning domination in the sprints Thursday, adding the 200-meter gold to his tally at the world championships with yet another world record.

Gritting his teeth and pointing to the clock as soon as the record flashed, Bolt is now 5-for-5 in major sprint events, winning gold each time with a world record.

His time of 19.19 slashed .11 seconds off the mark he set last year at the Beijing Olympics and came four days after breaking his 100 record by the same margin.

"I was running my heart out," Bolt said. "I got my start right and that was the key. And when I got the start I knew was fine."

And, never shy to dream, he had a thought.

"If Queen Elizabeth knighthooded me and I would get the title 'Sir Usain Bolt?'" Bolt said. "That sounds very nice."

Alonso Edward of Panama was second, a massive .62 seconds 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."

Bolt's spirits got a boost before the start when teammate Melaine Walker added the world title to her Olympic gold in the women's 400 hurdles, another success for the Caribbean island with outsized performances at the championships.

After defending champion Tyson Gay had withdrawn injured, Bolt's main competitor stood beyond the finishing line — a huge track clock painted in the same colors as his Jamaican jersey.

Again he warmed up to the crowd like no one else can.

With a new take on former U.S. 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.

His running was even better than his show. From Lane 5, he gobbled up all the opposition by the end of the curve, and then let those huge arms and legs loose in a whirl of unmatched speed.

Once across the line, he stuck his tongue much like basketball great Michael Jordan used to. And in athletics, he now has the same exalted stature.

He took off his yam-colored shoes, which had taken him through eight races in six days, and he started celebrating on the eve of his 23rd birthday.

It was the first sultry evening in Berlin, with temperatures exceeding 30 degrees C (almost 90 degrees F), reminiscent of that same day, exactly one year ago, in Beijing.

"I definitely showed people that my world records in Beijing were not a joke," Bolt said.

During warm-ups, Bolt faked knocking out Spearmon, with the American happily playing along as he also was sucked up by the Bolt aura. Afterward, Spearmon could do nothing but applaud greatness.

Written by Associated Press

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