ZURICH — Assoc. Press
Last updated on Friday, Aug. 28, 2009
World record-holder Usain Bolt shook off Jamaican teammate Asafa Powell to win the 100 metres in 9.81 seconds at the Weltklasse meet on Friday.
Bolt, the world and Olympic champion, trailed Powell halfway into the race then used his huge stride to pull ahead and even eased up in the last couple of metres. Powell finished in 9.88, followed by two Americans, Darvis Patton in 9.95 and Michael Rodgers in 9.98.
In his first race since smashing world records in the 100 and 200 at the world championships in Berlin, Bolt did not crush his rivals but still had enough to win ahead of Powell, the former world record-holder.
David Rudisha of Kenya won the 800 in 1:43.52 by beating world champion Mbulaeni Mulaudzi of South Africa and silver medalist Alfred Kirwa Yego of Kenya. Mulaudzi was third and Kirwa Yego second.
Victoria’s Gary Reed was fifth in 1:44.26.
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Long’s sportsmanship was not case of race, says son
By Pirate Irwin (AFP) – 1 hour ago
BERLIN — A world famous legend recalling how German Luz Long crossed racial barriers to help American rival Jesse Owens qualify for the long jump final at the 1936 Olympics has been downplayed by Long’s son Kai.
Kai Long said his father, whose actions helped Owens win the gold, prompting a furious Adolf Hitler to leave the stadium early, had simply acted within the old tradition of amateur sportsmanship.
“It was not a question of race, of being black and white,” said Long, who is attending the world athletics to watch the long jump final.
Canada’s reigning world silver medallist Gary Reed and Sudan’s reigning Olympic silver medallist Ismail Ismail both failed to qualify for the [800m] final, scheduled for 1525 GMT on Sunday.
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And in other results, LaShawm Merritt once again beat Jeremy Wariner to lead a 1-2 US rush to the 400m podium.
1 4 1206 LaShawn Merritt USA 44.06
2 6 1242 Jeremy Wariner USA 44.60
3 3 1113 Renny Quow TRI 45.02
Veronica Campbell-Brown also finished second, again to her nemesis, Alyson Felix. Felix has now won her third consecutive world championships 200m title.
21 August 2009
Position Lane Bib Athlete Country Mark
1 6 986 Allyson Felix USA 22.02
2 5 522 Veronica Campbell-Brown JAM 22.35
3 4 126 Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie BAH 22.41
All results from IAAF site …
Interesting blog post from Jimson Lee at speedendurance.com, who has broken down the 10m split times from both Tyson Gay and Usain Bolt over their most recent major meets.
[edit in: another excellent biomechanical analysis of Bolt’s potential here].
Compare Bolt’s last 10m from Beijing (1.73 sec) vs. his last 10m in Berlin (1.66 sec). Chased by Tyson Gay, Bolt actually ran through the last phase of the race this time.
Usain Bolt Splits – 9.69 vs 9.58 – Can He Run Faster?
August 17, 2009 by Jimson Lee
Honestly, I didn’t expect Usain Bolt to run sub 9.60.
I felt a WR was imminent after watching his SF, and I knew his chest thumping slowdown in Beijing showed me he could run low 9.60.
But a 9.58?
Now, in all fairness, I added Tyson Gay’s splits, just to show what it will take to beat Usain Bolt. I mentioned his 9.68 +4.1 wind aided race winning the 2008 USATF Olympic Trials in a previous post.
You can also thank Tyson Gay for making Bolt push though the race. Bolt came to Berlin to win. The World Record was bonus.
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The pictures say it all.
00.04 seconds between Gold, Silver and Bronze.
Looks like we’re going to see a big re-match on Friday in the men’s 400m between Olympic champion LaShawn Merritt and world champ Jeremy Wariner. Both won their semis today: Merritt in 44.37 and Wariner in 44.69. This is turning into one of the best rivalries in track and field.
Here’s a feature I did on Wariner last summer, before Jeremy lost his Olympic title to Merritt.