Video Captures Bolt 100 Meter Beijing Olympics World Record Race
Israel News Agency
China ---- August 16, 2008 .......Usain Bolt set a world record
in the 100 meter sprint this afternoon in the Beijing, China
Bolt, who was born in Jamaica in 1986, became the current world
record holder at the Beijing Olympics 2008, securing a time
of 9.69 seconds. Bolt's name and achievements in sprinting have
earned him the nickname "Lightning Bolt".
had power to spare as he pounded his chest and outstretched
his arms for the cameras before crossing the finish line.
broke his own record, set in May in New York, by .03 second
and became the first sprinter to set the world record in the
Olympics since Donovan Bailey ran 9.84 at the 1996 Atlanta US
had a perfect start from the blocks and then secured a huge
lead halfway through the race. Bolt, who had run confident and
relaxed, did not even tilt his head forward as he finished the
Bolt blazed across the finish line, millions could see that
his left shoe was untied. But that presented no obstacle for
the world's fastest human being.
minutes, Bolt victory was placed onto YouTube for millions to
view on the Internet and through Web 2.0 sites such as Facebook
and MySpace. YouTube made the search for the Bolt Olympic victory
into something of a challenge as it took down several videos
which it claimed were breaking copyright rules.
wasn't planned," said a smiling Bolt. "My aim was
to come out and win. When I saw the time, I'm celebrating. I'm
easily outran Richard Thompson of Trinidad and Tobagoby more
than a body length as American Walter Dix placed third.
100 meter Olympic race marked the first time that six runners
broke 10 seconds in the Olympic games.
was known for the 200 meters, and he will be the favorite to
win that race in China next week.
was spectacular," Powell said. "He was definitely
untouchable tonight. He could have gone a lot faster if he had
run straight through the line."
who is a tall 6-foot 5, had both the speed and reach to become
the new 100 meter world record holder, Usain Bolt arrived at
the Beijing Summer Olympics as the favorite in both the 100
meter and 200 meter sprints. Bolt finished his quarterfinals
and semifinals in 9.92 and 9.85, today, far ahead of second
place finisher Richard Thompson (who finished in 9.89). Bolt
will be remembered for becoming the world's fasted man who ran
with no tailwind, illustarting the quality of his Olympic performance.
Bolt even appeared to slow down and celebrate near the finish
line after realizing he had secured the prized Olympic gold
began to make track history on May 31, 2008 on a rainy night
in New York. It was a wet track at the Icahn Stadium on Randalls
Island as the runners entered the blocks for the 100 meter.
false start from Michael Rodgers but the second time round everything
Usain Bolt made headlines around the world with a stunning new
world record of 9.72secs as he underlined his credentials as
a serious gold medal contender at the upcoming Beijing Olympics.
related news, Michael Phelps is now only one gold medal away
of beating swimmer Mark Spitz's record seven at an Olympics.
Spitz, who won his seven gold medals in Munich in 1972, congratulated
the 23-year-old Phelps in a televised interview with NBC, calling
his performance "epic."
is expected to contend in sailing and Athens gold medalist Gal
Fridman could be in the medal mix in windsurfing. Pole vaulter
Alexsandr Averbukh will attempt to win Israel's first Olympic
medal in track and field. Israel secured its first two Olympics
medals in the 1992 Barcelona Games: a silver by women's half
middleweight judoka Yael Arad and a bronze by men's lightweight
judoka Shay Oren Smadga.
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