Lighting-Fast Bolt Smashes 100-Meter Record

By Mat Probasco,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 17, 2009 2:09 AM CDT

(Newser) – Jamaica's Usain Bolt shattered the world record for the 100-meter race today, shearing more off the previous best time—his own—than anyone in recorded history, reports the Chicago Tribune. With a 2 mph tailwind, the 22-year-old clocked in at just 9.58 seconds—0.11 seconds faster than the 9.69 record time he set at the 2008 Olympics.

Bolt struck several poses before the gun, imitating a lightning bolt and then an aircraft taking off. But the track performance at the Berlin stadium was far from hype. One commentator said Bolt's time was "some kind of unicorn-like fantasy." His American rival Tyson Gay finished second in 9.71, the third-fastest time in history, beaten only by Bolt's two world records.


Jamaica's Usain Bolt crosses the finish line in the final of the men's 100-meter race at the World Athletics Championships at the Berlin Olympic Stadium yesterday.   (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)
Usain Bolt crosses the finish line during the World Athletics Championships in Berlin yesterday.   (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates setting a new world record in the 100 meter race during the World Athletics Championships in Berlin yesterday.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
At the bottom the time code is seen from right to left. Usain Bolt, right, won the final, setting a new world record in the 100-meter race.   (AP Photo/Seiko)
Jamaica's Usain Bolt poses beside the indicating board after setting a world record in the 100-meter race.   (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
« Prev« Prev | Next »Next » Slideshow
Usain Bolt runs 100m in 9.58 seconds for a new world record in Berlin.   (usainboltlive)
Jamaicans celebrate Bolt's new record.   (reuters.com)

« Prev« Prev | Next »Next »

"We have to rethink everything we know about human performance. I used to talk about times in the area of 9-low as some kind of unicorn-like fantasy, but he has made fantasy into reality." - Ato Boldon, former Olympic medalist

« Prev« Prev | Next »Next » Slideshow
To report an error on this story, notify our editors.

NEWS FROM OUR PARTNERS
Other Sites We Like:   The Street   |   MSN Living   |   PopSugar Tech   |   RealClear   |   24/7 Wall St.   |   Biography   |   Barstool Sports   |   OK!