Usain Bolt of Jamaica raced to a gold medal and a world record of 19.30 seconds today in the 200 meters, becoming the first man since Carl Lewis in 1984 to sweep the 100 and 200 gold medals at an Olympics—and the first to ever break world records in both. Not even Lewis or Jesse Owens managed that.
Showing what he can do when he runs at full speed all the way through the finish—something he hadn't done yet in Beijing—Bolt eclipsed the old record of 19.32 seconds set by Michael Johnson in Atlanta in 1996. On Saturday, he bettered his own 100-meter record by winning in 9.69 seconds—despite slowing down over the final 20 meters to showboat. (Read more 2008 Beijing Olympics stories.)