BERLIN (Aug 20 2009) — It wasn’t what Usain Bolt was probably hoping to run, but it was pretty darn good!
Usain Bolt broke the 200m world record today at the IAAF World Championships by running a stunning 19.19s, breaking the old world record 0f 19.30s by 0.11s despite the 0.3 m/s headwind. It was the same margin he broke the 100m world record just days ago on Aug 16. However, it fell short of what he was maybe hoping for of sub-19 seconds. I say maybe because Usain has been quoted as saying his coach, Glenn Mills, believed he could run 9.58s for the 100m and sub-19 for the 200m. (Daily Mail UK)
“I’ve heard my coach (Glen Mills) talk of 9.58 seconds (in the 100m),” said Bolt. “He also said it could be possible for me to go under 19 seconds in the 200m.”
He ran that 9.58s with room to spare, again looking left to the clock before the finish line rather than pushing all the way through (video). What was there not to believe he could not do the sub-19?
If he had hoped, though, he’d be the only one disappointed with a prestigious sprint double world championship and two world record smashes to boot! But you know, that constant desire and fire to be better is what keeps these guys achieving!
Congrats, Usain! YOU DA MAN!!!
Now go celebrate and have some major fun for your 23rd birthday tomorrow on Aug 23!
Happy birthday, Usain!!!