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article imageJamaican sprinter Usain Bolt sets a new 100m world record

By Kesavan Unnikrishnan     Jun 1, 2008 in Sports
Usain Bolt of Jamaica set a new 100-metre world record of 9.72 seconds, beating the previous best of 9.74 seconds held by compatriot Asafa Powell.
It was a night of thunderstorms and lightning at the Icahn Stadium in New York. But nothing could stop Usain Bolt of Jamaica in setting a new 100m world record. The 21-year old produced an astonishing run in clinching the world record from compatriot Asafa Powell.
Bolt, who came to the international track scene recently with a performance of 9.76 seconds, the second fastest in a 100m event, was excited about the race. He said:
I wasn't looking for a world record, but it was there for the taking. So I just went out there and ran my best race. I had an idea because I ran in Trinidad, and I ran pretty bad and still ran 9.92, so I was pretty confident coming here.
Bolt had won the silver medal in 200 metres in last year's world championships in Osaka, Japan. He had said previously that he would be concentrating in the 200m event in Beijing Olympics.
But this race changes it all. Unless I have a medal around my neck, I wouldn't consider my business done.
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