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article imageUsain Bolt smashes own world record to win 100 meter race

By Chris V. Thangham     Aug 16, 2008 in Sports
As predicted by experts, Usain Bolt of Jamaica handily won the 100-meters dash in Beijing with another world-record time clocked at 9.69 seconds.
Bolt could have run even faster, but he eased up in the end to win the 100 meters race over Richard Thompson from Trinidad, who came second and bronze medalist Walter Dix from the U.S.
Bolt broke his previous record of 9.72 seconds set on May 31 in New York. Bolt, who is a 200 meters specialist, began to ran 100 meters only last year. Within one year, he is the fastest man on Earth and an Olympic gold medal winner.
The race was supposed to be a big showdown between the top three sprint runners, Bolt, Tyson Gay of the United States and Asafa Powell from Jamaica, but instead Powell finished fifth and Tyson Gay didn’t qualify for the finals.
Bolt has the 200 meters race next week and he is virtually assured of another gold medal. If he wins the 200 meters, he will tie Carl Lewis’s pair of gold medals in 100 and 200 meters events in 1988.
It was an amazing performance from Bolt. His countrymen will be really proud of him for winning this event in a record-setting performance at the world’s grand stage. If he wins the 200 meters it will be a Phelps-like performance.
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