Great to see the favourites finish 1-2-3. Bolt, Gay, and Powell have all dominated world sprinting over the last quadrennial, and they came through in the most competitive 100m final in history. This was a far more competitive test for Usain Bolt than Beijing was. Usain Bolt has dropped the WR from 9.74 to 9.58 in just over a year. That’s a .16 second improvement, completely unheard of over 100m. Beautiful sprinting yes, but come on.
Bolt sets new world record in men’s 100 metres
CANWEST NEWS SERVICE
AUGUST 16, 2009 1:22 PM
Usain Bolt of Jamaica crosses the line to win the gold medal in the men’s 100 Metres Final during day two of the 12th IAAF World Athletics Championships at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, Germany. Bolt set a new World Record of 9.58 seconds.
Photograph by: Andy Lyons, Getty
Usain Bolt became the first man to run the 100 metres in under 9.6 seconds Sunday when he set a new world record at the IAAF world track and field championships in Berlin.
The Jamaican sprinter stopped the clock in an astonishing 9.58 seconds, besting his previous mark of 9.69 set at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. American Tyson Gay was second in 9.71 and Jamaica’s Asafa Powell was third in 9.84.
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Jared may be from the “other” coast, but I’m following him all the same. Last summer Catriona Le May Doan and I travelled to PEI to profile the community of sprinters following in his fleet footsteps. This is what I love about blogging: once you’ve started a story, you don’t need to drop it and move on. You can continue following someone long after your deadline.
Jared is rounding into great shape for Berlin where he’ll be competing at the World Championships starting next Tuesday, August 18 when the first of the men’s 200m heats gets underway.
DUSSELDORFF, Germany — Jared Connaughton of New Haven, P.E.I., set a seasonal best of 20.68 seconds to finish first in the men’s 200 at a track and field meet here Monday. The event is being used as a final tune-up for the world championships in Berlin which gets underway Saturday.
The Canadian men’s 4×100 relay team of Sam Effah, Seyi Smith, Connaughton and Brian Barnett were clocked in 38.63. Effah relaced Hank Palmer in the first leg. Connaughton will run the 200 and the third leg of the 4×100 at the worlds.
Connaughton helped the Canadians finish sixth at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing last summer. The 200-metre lanes are familiar ground for the 24-year-old Connaughton. He won the national 200 title (20.34) in 2008 en route to a breakout season which culminated with a 200 semifinal appearance in Beijing.
With Victoria’s Gary Reed recently coming off a big victory in the 800m at the Grand Prix of London, all eyes should be on him. But it’s his rival and defending 2007 World Champion Alfred Kirwa Yego (photo left) who is still getting the headlines. I’m sure that’s just fine by the Canadian 800m champion. He probably wants nothing more than to focus on taking back that 1/100 of a second he gave up to Yego in the last Worlds.
This is the kind of press Yego is getting …
Ready when it counts – Yego knows when to come good
Saturday, 08 August 2009
Yego has developed the rewarding habit of rising to the occasion, dating back to the 2004 IAAF World Junior Championships, when he left a number of more highly-rated opponents trailing in his wake to take the silver in a then personal best of 1:47.39.
After winning the World title in 1:47.09, winning by a single hundredths-of-a-second from Canada’s Gary Reed, he completed his collection of medals on the global stage when he took the bronze in last summer’s Olympic Games.
The place on the Beijing podium that proved to all his critics after Osaka that, even if gold medal went to his compatriot Wilfred Bungei, he was not just a streak of lightning down the home straight that only struck once.
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Remember, it was Yego who denied Reed the gold in 2007, and it was Yego again who denied Reed the podium in Beijing last summer. Should be a great rematch.
The World Athletics championships are coming up fast and I spotted this interesting detail just now …
American athletes will wear the initials “JO” on their uniforms in honor of iconic hero Jesse Owens, who defied onlooking Adolf Hitler in the same stadium by winning four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
“These World Championships are special,” said USA Track chief executive Doug Logan. “It’s Team USA’s chance to come back strong in the post-Olympic year and it’s an opportunity to honor the incredible legacy of Jesse Owens.
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The Worlds will run from August 15-23 in Berlin.
Watch out for Gary Reed, hot off a Grand Prix of London victory in the 800m.
This one fits into the “better late than never” category but it’s impossible to pass over Gary Reed’s success at the London Grand Prix from a week ago.
For background, see this feature about Gary …
Canada’s Reed scores big track win
Gary Reed of Kamloops, B.C., fought off international competition Friday night to win the 800 metres at the London Grand Prix.
Reed finished in a time of one minute, 45.85 seconds to earn the big win just a few weeks ahead of the world championships in Berlin.
“The race was great, I am thrilled to get the win,” Reed said in an email to The Canadian Press. “It’s very important to be in the mix heading into the world championships.”
Reed is looking to improve on his showing at the Beijing Olympics, where his finishing kick came just a hair too late in a fourth-place finish.
And to get completely caught up, check out this article …
Banner weekend for Island athletes: Kabush, Cochrane, Hesjedal, Whitfield and Reed soar, Times Colonist
Because of certain advantages, such as the year-round mild climate and the national training centres based here, it is in the summer sports season where the Island shows its best …
This feature was made just prior to the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
After winning Silver in the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, Reed found himself just out of the medals last summer in Beijing. Despite missing the podium he considers his results to be a major success. So he should. A second and a fourth in successive years among the world’s 800m elite? That’s better than any other middle distance runner in Canadian track history.
Reed: “Finishing fourth at the Olympics is better than finishing 10th, and 10th is better than finishing 20th and so on. Obviously, you want to win a medal. But do I feel better coming fourth at the Olympics as opposed to ’04, when I came 17th? Yeah, I do. It’s a great accomplishment.”