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    Default Usain Bolt dashes to another world record with Team Mates

    BEIJING Aug 22—In yet another mind-boggling display of speed, Usain Bolt set another world record and won another Olympic gold medal, and this time he shared the glory with his Jamaican teammates.

    Bolt and Asafa Powell blew away the field over the last two legs of the 400-meter relay Friday night, leading Jamaica around the track in 37.10 seconds to break the 16-year-old world record by 0.3 of a second.

    Bolt is now 3-for-3 in these Olympic sprints -- as in three gold medals and three world records.

    The bonus is that he got to bring Powell along for the ride. Powell held the world record in the 100-meter dash for about three years before Bolt broke it in May, but he is also well known for his history of poor performances in the biggest meets.

    In this one, he got to do the honors, running the anchor leg, taking a clean handoff from Bolt and crossing the line almost a full second ahead of Trinidad and Tobago's Richard Thompson to secure his first Olympic medal. The official margin of victory, 0.96, was the biggest in the Olympics since 1936.

    Japan finished third. The United States didn't qualify after dropping the baton in qualifying.


    Usain Bolt of Jamaica, new to the 100 meters this year, already is an old hand at setting astonishing world records.

    On Saturday in the final of the Olympic 100 meters, Bolt gapped the field, looking around through the final 30 meters, high-stepping through the final 10 and lowering his own world record to 9.69 seconds, .03 better than the mark he set in May. Then, after securing his first Olympic gold medal, he barely slowed down until he rounded the curve and hit the backstraight for some dancing and handshakes with some of his fans in the crowd.
    "It wasn't planned," the new "World's Fastest Man" told the Associated Press. "My aim was to come out and win. When I saw the time, I'm celebrating. I'm happy."

    For Bolt and Jamaica, it was a glorious moment. For all the great sprinters the Caribbean island has produced, no Olympic 100 champion has ever worn the Jamaican colors. Natives Linford Christie and Donovan Bailey won gold medals for Great Britain in '92 and Canada in '96, respectively.
    Last edited by Preeto Maam; 23-08-2008 at 10:08 AM.


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