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Bolt sprints to 100m Olympic gold in world record time

Beijing, Aug 16 (UNI) Jamaican sprint sensation Usain Bolt scorched the track, winning the 100m title in a world record time of 9.69sec at the Beijing Olympics today.

The 21-year-old, who bettered his previous world record of 9.72sec, won his country's first Olympic title in the blue riband event.

The 6ft 5inch world 200m silver medallist had been impressive in the heats and the semis with times of 9.92sec and 9.85sec respectively.

Richard Thompson of Trinidad and Tobago won the silver and American Walter Dix the bronze. Bolt's time was rounded up from 9.68 which was flashed up immediately after the race in the stadium.

Jamaican Asafa Powell, whose world mark Bolt bettered with a run of 9.72 in May, once again failed to deliver on the big stage and finished fifth.

World champion Tyson Gay of the US, one of the favorites for the title before the Games, did not even make the final, finishing fifth in the semis to end hopes of a showdown between the three fastest men ever.

Bolt, a 200 metres specialist who had run only one professional race in the shorter distance before this year, will now turn his attention to becoming the first man since Carl Lewis in 1984 to win the Olympic sprint double.


Story first published: Saturday, August 16, 2008, 21:03 [IST]
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