YouTube Video Captures Bolt 100 Meter Beijing Olympics World Record Race

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Beijing, China ---- August 16, 2008 .......Usain Bolt set a world record in the 100 meter sprint this afternoon in the Beijing, China Olympics.

Usain 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".

Bolt had power to spare as he pounded his chest and outstretched his arms for the cameras before crossing the finish line.


Bolt 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 Olympic Games.

Bolt 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 race upright.

As 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.

Within 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.

"It 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 happy."

Bolt easily outran Richard Thompson of Trinidad and Tobagoby more than a body length as American Walter Dix placed third.

The 100 meter Olympic race marked the first time that six runners broke 10 seconds in the Olympic games.

Bolt's was known for the 200 meters, and he will be the favorite to win that race in China next week.

"Usain was spectacular," Powell said. "He was definitely untouchable tonight. He could have gone a lot faster if he had run straight through the line."

Bolt, who is a tall 6-foot 5, had both the speed and reach to become a champion.

As 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 medal.

Bolt 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.

A false start from Michael Rodgers but the second time round everything was clean.

Jamaica's 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.

In 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."

Israel 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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