Usain Bolt delivered Justin Gatlin a second knockout blow in five days to win his fourth straight 200 meters world title on Thursday and prove that when it comes to major championship sprinting, he simply has no peer. –
n the seven years since the Jamaican first lit up the Bird’s Nest at the 2008 Olympics, a disqualification in the 100 meters at the 2011 world championships is the only blemish on an otherwise perfect record in major global races. Six Olympic golds and now ten at the worlds are glistening metal proof of his ability to get the best out of his huge natural talent when the stakes are highest. I
Gatlin, 33, is in the form of his life and their showdowns in the two sprints in Beijing were the most highly anticipated contests of the championships. Yet, when it came to the crunch, Bolt brushed all that and Gatlin aside, digging deep to win the 100 meters by a hundredth of a second on Sunday and his pet event by almost 2/10ths of a second on Thursday. “This season a lot of people have been doubting me and saying I’m going to lose. I’ve just shown my championship potential,” the 29-year-old told reporters after clocking 19.55 seconds, the best time in the world this season. “The 100 is really for the people and for my coach and the 200 is for me because I really put my heart into perfecting the 200. It means a lot more to me than anything else.”
Bolt said it was vital he was not behind at the bend and after a strong start he had his nose just in front of Gatlin as the field tore into the straight
. “My attempt was to come here to compete to the best of my abilities. I think the people saw a different view of me. I am just a competitor. NO ILL WILL “I have no ill will toward Usain. I have no ill will toward anybody. We work very hard to stay away from injury and just get out there and run nine seconds and run 19 seconds.
clocking 49.26 seconds, the fastest time in the world this season. While admitting to “bitter” feelings about missing the 200 because of a schedule clash, Felix was delighted with her ninth world championship gold. “It’s my first 400 title,” she said. “It’s a huge blessing.”
The title, the world record, I cannot ask for more this year,” Wlodarczyk said after falling shy of the 81.08 she threw earlier this month. Not everything goes entirely the way of even the greatest champions, however, as Bolt discovered when a cameraman and his Segway collided into him on his lap of honour. Bolt was knocked to the ground but sustained only minor cuts, joking that he was trying to start a rumour Gatlin had paid the man to do it. –