Friday, June 6, 2008

100 meter Dash record set once again by Jamaican

On May 31st, 2008 at the Reebok Grand Prix at Icahn stadium New York, 21 year old Jamaican runner Usain Bolt sprints his way into history with a 9.72 second 100m dash. The previous world record was help by fellow Jamaican Asafa Powell at 9.74 set in September 2007.

It began with a false start which Bolt admitted he was glad for since his original start was not so good. Bolt, more of a 200m runner had come second last year in the 200m at the world champions. Before setting the new 100m record, he said he was probably not going to run the 100 in Beijing 2008. After running his 9.72 he changed his mind "I'm running the 100m in Beijing" he said.

Earlier in May, Bolt had run a surprising 9.76 in Jamaica (at the time, the second fastest 100m ever ran). It had also only been his 3rd competitive 100m race.
He now is hoping to take gold at the Beijing Olympics in August. "Tomorrow if someone runs faster than me, I'm not longer the fastest man" he says, "but if i win the Olympics, they have to wait 4 years to beat me".

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