Olympics: Lightning 'Bolt' strikes Beijing

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{image-usain bolt_17082008.jpg www.oneindia.com}Beijing, Aug 17: Jamaican Usain Bolt set the world record and won the Olympic 100-meter gold medal yesterday in 9.69 seconds, a time that could have been faster had he not spent the last seven strides pounding his chest, turning up the palms of his outstretched arms and mugging for the cameras before he crossed the finish line with his left shoelace flapping.

He won by more than a body length—a country mile in sprint proportions— and the only question left was how fast he could have gone if he had run hard the entire way.
'It wasn"t planned,' the newly crowned 'World"s Fastest Man' said of his running celebration. 'My aim was to come out and win. When I saw the time, I"m celebrating. I"m happy.'

He broke his own record, set in May in New York, by .03 second and became the first sprinter to set the world record in the Olympics since Donovan Bailey ran 9.84 at the 1996 Atlanta Games.
“No one will get near it," fellow Jamaican Michael Frater, the sixth-place finisher, said of Bolt"s record. Except perhaps Bolt himse.

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