Thursday August 20, 2008
BEIJING (AP) -- Usain Bolt of Jamaica broke the world record by
winning the 200 meters in 19.30 seconds Wednesday night, becoming
the first man since Carl Lewis in 1984 to sweep the 100 and 200
gold medals at an Olympics.
Bolt is the first man ever to break the world marks in both
sprints at an Olympics. Not even Lewis or Jesse Owens managed that. Showing what he can do when he runs at full speed all the way
through the finish -- something he hadn't done yet in the Beijing
Games -- Bolt eclipsed the old record of 19.32 seconds set by Michael Johnson in Atlanta in 1996.
The performance marked Bolt as one of the breakthrough stars of
these Summer Games, coming on the heels of his victory in the 100
Saturday night. He bettered his own world record in that race by
winning in 9.69 seconds -- despite slowing down over the final 20
meters to showboat.
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