Aug 21, 2008

Usain Bolt, the newly crowned King of Sprints.

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Usain Bolt, the new icon in the Athletics Arena, set two new world records in 100m and 200m events at the Beijing Olympics, setting new benchmarks 0f 9.69s and 19.30s, the only man to do so ever in the history of the games, following in the footsteps of Carl Lewis who was the last man to have won both 100m and 200m both at the same games, though Lewis had also won the Long Jump Gold.

Usain Bolt's comments after winning the 200m race

"It is great. I have a great feeling. It is a dream come true." said Bolt.

"No. I was worried after the semis but I just told myself to leave everything on the track. I had come here to do it. And I am so happy with myself," said Bolt when asked whether the record would be broken.

"I knew the track was a fast track but I didn't think this was possible. I am shocked. I am still shocked. I have been aspiring for the world record for so long". said Bolt

"I worked so hard to become the champion. I will work hard to stay on top," said the Jamaican.

IOC chief : Bolt should show more respect to his fellow competitiors

Guy Rogge was unhappy about the way Bolt carried out his victory celebrations after winning the races, according to Rogge, Bolt looked like forgetting the fellow competitors after the sprints, instead of sharing his winning performance and offering his respect to them, by showing grace in times of victory.

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"But I think he should show more respect for his competitors and shake hands, give a tap on the shoulder to the other ones immediately after the finish and not make gestures like the one he made in the 100 meters."

"I understand the joy," Rogge said to AFP.

"He might have interpreted that in another way, but the way it was perceived was 'catch me if you can.' You don't do that. But he'll learn. He's still a young man." Rogge added. Referring to the way Bolt finished his 100 meters World Record breaking performance with such and ease elan and some shows too, like dropping hands and pounded chest while finishing the crossing line.

But Rogge also heaped praise on Usain Bolt who has turned 22 on Thursday and has broken Michael Johnson's 12 year record of 19.32 by two-hundredths of a second and added he should be now considered in the same league as Jesse Owens who famously dominated the 1930's.

Churandy Martina of the Netherlands Antilles and Wallace Spearmon were found for the lane violations and hence their performance were declared disqualified and defending champion from America Shawn Crawford and Walter Dix benefited who finished the race in 4th and 5th position in the race with Silver and Bronze respectively. But that also meant Bolt won the race with widest of margins ever in the games history.

News Source: CNN, AFP.


Marie said... Reply to comment

I watched Usain Bolt ran the 100m finals and he was so confident...celebrating even before he got to the finishing line. He's absolutely incredible!

But the 200m finals, he had to work really hard...but it was incredible when he again broke a world record that stood for the last 12 years. Congratulations!

Life is Passion ! said... Reply to comment

It is really cool for him to have broken two world records and be a part of another one, now that the 4*100 m relay world record also stands broken.

It was great entertainment to watch and really incredible. Thanks for the visit. Congrats! to you too.

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