Saturday, August 22, 2009

19.19 seconds - new 200 metres athletics world record

The cheetahs in the African wilderness are wondering and are worried.

Their supremacy as the fastest being in the world has been taken over by a human being.

And the name of this Human Being is Usain Bolt.

Bolt runs almost 45 kilometres per hour - as fast as the cheetahs do.

Well, the greatest sportsman in the world right now is no doubt - Usain Bolt and not Carl Lewis, Michael Phelps, Michael Schumacher, Michael Johnson, Michael Jordan, Pele, Maradonna, Ferenc Puskas, Jeese Owens, Roger Federer, Tiger Woods, Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Sergei Bubka or Michael Jackson..!!!

He did the unthinkable.

First and foremost, he broke the men 100 metres atheltics world record 3 times in a space of one year, clocking 9.72 secs, 9.69 secs and the recent one - 9.58 secs.

His 9.58 secs world record in the final of the men's 100 metres at the IAAF World Athletics Championship in Berlin, proved that he is not only the Olympic Champion, World Chanmpion, World Record Holder and World number 1, but also the greatest in the world.

My God, he slashed the current record 9.69 seconds by a massive 0.11 seconds.

As if that is not enough, he again did it at the Berlin IAAF World Championship final, slashing by exactly 0.11 seconds of the old 200 metres world record of 19.30 seconds, held by himself.

He clocked 19.19 seconds, and finishing 10 metres clear ahead the rest of the field.

The men 200 metres world record is one of the hardest to beat in the history of athletics.

In the past 41 years, the 200 metres men world record was broken only 5 times.

It took 17 years to see the world record broken, when Michael Johnson clocked 19.66 seconds on 23 rd June 1996 to break Italy's Pietro Mennea long standing world record of 19.72 seconds.

Mennea's time, set in Mexico City on September 12, 1979 was dubbed the sprint into the new century. No athletes except Michael Johnson came close to ever breaking it. No, not even the great Carl Lewis who won a record 4 gold medals in the 1984 Olympics Games in Los Angeles.

Michael Johnson again broke his won world record less than 2 months later, in the 1996 Olympics Games in Atlanta, cloking 19.32 seconds.

Nobody thought that record will ever be broken again.

But came Usain Bolt.

Johnson's 12 years old world record was finally broken by Bolt in the 2008 Beijing Olympics Games.

Bolt clocked 19.30 seconds in the 200 metres final, erasing Johnson record.

Now, in the Berlin 2009 IAAF World Championship, Bolt again showed supremacy and showed the world who is the greatest of all time.

He slashed his own world record by 0.11 seconds, timing 19.19 seconds in the process.

Who can beat that?

No, not even the great Michael Johnson.

And Bolt is only 23 years old.

He predicted that he can run 9.4 seconds in the 100 metres.

If he manage to do that, then he can go something like 19 seconds flat or 18.98 seconds in the 200 metres for a new world record???

Who knows.

In Bolt, anything is possible.

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