World Athletics: Usain Bolt wins 100m gold in world-record smashing 9.58 seconds
In a blurred world of his own, the phenomenal Usain Bolt again demonstrated why he is a once in a lifetime athlete as he careered down the Berlin Olympiastadion track to add the world 100 metres title to the Olympic blue riband title he had annexed in Beijing and again recorded an astonishing world record.
Exactly a year to the day since his landmark run of 9.69sec in China, Bolt became the only man in history ever to cross the line first in two successive major championship 100m finals record with a new world record to his name. Forget the figures, though; just gasp once more at the sight of the eighth wonder of the world.
And so much for the feverishly-hyped "grossen duell". Tyson Gay, America's reigning champion, gave it his best shot in the adjacent lane, recording the third fastest time ever, 9.71sec but it can hardly be described as a two-horse race unless you concluded that Bolt's brilliance made it resemble Nijinsky versus a selling plater.
Evolution of the men’s 100 metres world record
10.6 seconds Donald Lippincott (U.S.) July 6, 1912
10.4 Charles Paddock (U.S.) Apr 23, 1921
10.3 Percy Williams (Canada) Aug 9, 1930
10.2 Jesse Owens (U.S.) June 20, 1936
10.1 Willie Williams (U.S.) Aug 3, 1956
10.0 Armin Hary (West Germany) June 21, 1960
9.95 Jim Hines (U.S.) Oct 14, 1968
9.93 Calvin Smith (U.S.) July 3, 1983
9.92 Carl Lewis (U.S.) Sept 24, 1988
9.90 Leroy Burrell (U.S.) June 14, 1991
9.86 Lewis Aug 25, 1991
9.85 Burrell July 6, 1994
9.84 Donovan Bailey (Canada) July 27, 1996
9.79 Maurice Greene (U.S.) June 16, 1999
9.77 Asafa Powell (JamaicWorld ) June 14, 2005
9.74 Powell Sept 9, 2007
9.72 Usain Bolt (Jamaica) May 31, 2008
9.69 Bolt Aug 16, 2008
9.58 Bolt Aug 16, 2009
That is HUGE. The man is a legend!