That shakes things up rather…quickly. Wow!!
Not really, i want to see him do it more then once anyone can pop a good time once.
KINGSTON, May 3 AFP - Usain Bolt clocked 9.76 seconds, the second fastest time in history, to win the 100m today at the Jamaica International Invitation athletics meeting.
Americans Lashinda Demus and Kerron Clement and Jamaican Kerron Stewart also clocked 2008 world leading times.
But Jamaica’s Bolt was the undisputed star of the night.
He kept his cool during two false starts before blazing to a commanding victory in 9.76, just two-hundredths of second outside countryman Asafa Powell’s world mark of 9.74 set last year in Italy.
American Darvis Patton was second in 10.08, while Antiguan Daniel Bailey was third in 10.12.
Bolt admitted he was shocked by the time in a race run with a 1.8m tailwind.
``I was definitely surprised when I saw the time,’’ said Bolt, who was hoping to run more along the lines of 9.85.
Asked if the performance meant he was closing in on Powell’s world record of 9.74, Bolt replied: ``You never know, you never know’’.
It was a good time for me and I know that with a bit more work I can break the world record,'' said Bolt. I am just happy that I broke the meet and the stadium record (previously 9.84 held by Powell) before my home crowd and I know that they can look for better things from me this year.’’
Powell was out of action today after pulling pectoral muscle while weight training.
While he didn’t expect to miss much training, Powell’s manager said earlier this week that he wouldn’t compete again until the Jamaican Olympic trials in late June.
Stewart, a member of Jamaica’s silver medal 4x100m team at last year’s world championships in Osaka, was an impressive winner of the women’s 100m in 10.96.
Clement won the men’s 400m hurdles in 47.79 and Demus won the women’s 400m hurdles in 54.83.
World sprint double champion Tyson Gay of the United States won the men’s 200m in 20.00 seconds, beating Chris Williams of Jamaica (20.78) while Bianca Knight (22.62) beat Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown (22.93) in the women’s event.
American Sanya Richards won the women’s 400m in 50.60.
He must not have liked losing to that little fella Tyson Gay at World’s last year. I still can’t get over how fast a starter this guy is for such a tall man. He and Asafa are doing their best to put to rest the notion that big men can’t get out fast (re: Carl Lewis).
This has got to make the summer sprint scene very exciting. Anybody care to handicap the Olympics now?
Agreed, but there have not been many examples of people popping this type of performance at 100m…except Asafa. Nice replacement runner for the injured World Record holder.
i remember folks telling Bolt never could run under 10, never mind sub10.20… ( i was one of them )
I hope he stays healthy tho… cause running that fast, that early :eek:
I wonder what is going to happen in the 200m this year more than in the 100m.
Not long ago I mentioned U.B. on this forum regarding 200m at OG but received “yeah whateva” response. I think this run is going to make some people reconsider Bolt’s ability to run real and I mean real fast.
Wow, 2nd best ever!
Bolt is crazy :eek:
I said he was one to watch out for. “The Guy” was right. As always.
When did you say that Bolt was the one to watch? Before he became - at 15 - the youngest world junior sprint champion in history! Or after?
By the way, he turns 22 in August 08.
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Sunday, 04 May 2008 Bolt stuns with 9.76 dash in Kingston – Jamaica International report
Usain Bolt en route to his dazzling 9.76 in Kingston (Getty Images)
relnews Kingston, Jamaica - Usain Bolt was on fire at Saturday night’s Jamaica International Invitation, posting a sizzling 9.76sec, the second fastest 100m time ever.
The Jamaica International is one of a select group of Area meetings at which points can be acquired by athletes to qualify for the IAAF / VTB Bank World Athletics Final, to be held on 13-14 September in Stuttgart.
Bolt, the World Championships silver medallist, finished within two hundredths of a second outside countryman Asafa Powell’s world record of 9.74. Bolt’s performance now sees Jamaica with the world’s two fastest men, and the top five times in the history of the event – Powell (9.74, 9.77 three times) and Bolt (9.76).
The world junior 200m record holder at 19.93 seconds, Bolt, led four world leading times on the night. Americans Lashinda Demus, Kerron Clement and Jamaican Kerron Stewart also achieved world leading marks.
Bolt surprised, but his coach wasn’t
But, the attention cannot be too much for the Central American and Caribbean 200m record holder at 19.75 seconds, especially since he held his nerve after two false starts to blaze to such an impressive time – one which was the talking point on everyone’s lips leaving the stadium.
Even his rival in the 200m, world sprint double champion Tyson Gay, who said: “It (performance) was beautiful. He was very smooth and he executed very well.”
As for Bolt, who had a 1.8 m/sec wind, inside the legal limit of 2.0m/sec, admitted he was a bit shocked by the time.
“I was definitely surprised when I saw the time,” said Bolt, who said he “I was in shape for a 9.85.”
Asked if the performance meant he was closing in on compatriot Powell’s World record of 9.74, Bolt, whose time beat Powell’s stadium record of 9.84 and the world leading time of 10.00 by Trinidad & Tobago’s Richard Thompson, replied: “You never know, you never know.”
American Darvis Patton was second in 10.08 seconds while Antiguan Daniel Bailey was third in 10.12 in the event.
Bolt’s coach Glen Mills, according to him, was the only person who was not surprised at the athlete’s cracker. “I am not surprise because he has been doing well in training … this is just the beginning,” he promised.
Parade of impressive world leads
Stewart, a member of Jamaica’s silver medal 4x100m team at last year’s World Championships in Osaka, also blazed the track to win the women’s 100m in 10.96 – her first sub-11 seconds time.
She was delighted: “I could not ask for more,” she said. “I just pray that it stay that way right to the Olympic,” added Stewart, who beat the previous best season best of 11.06 held by Kelly-Ann Baptiste of Trinidad & Tobago.
In the 400m Hurdles, American Clement, the world champion, took the men’s race in 47.79 seconds, ahead of Danny McFarlane of Jamaica (48.74) and Michael Tinsely of United States (48.84).
“It was a great race. I just came out here and executed to my plans,” Clement explained. He said he was not surprised with the fast time, which beat the previous 2008 best of 48.32 by his compatriot Bershawn Jackson.
“I made up my mind that I was coming out here to run 47 seconds,” he added.
In the women’s 400m Hurdles, Demus won in 54.83 seconds, beating Jamaican Shevon Stoddart (55.68) and American Markita James (56.79). Demus’s time beat the previous season best of Tiffany Williams, also of the United States (54.97).
Gay opens with 20.00 victory, junior Knight upsets Campbell-Brown
Meanwhile, World sprint double champion Tyson Gay took the men’s 200m in 20.00, beating Chris Williams of Jamaica (20.78) while 19-year-old Bianca Knight (22.62) upset Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown (22.93) in the women’s event.
Gay said his warm-up was a little bit off, but added: “It still was a great run for me.”
Knight, who turned 19 this year and still a junior, was also third in the 100m, clocking 11.11, also a personal best.
American Sanya Richards won the women’s 400m in 50.60 seconds.
Richards, who handily beat Jamaicans Novlene Williams-Mills (51.63) and Sonita Sutherland (52.94), said she wanted to run faster, but was affected after sitting down for too long.
“I am happy with the win, but I wish it was a little faster,” she said while adding, “It was pretty windy on the backstretch also.”
In the field, Jamaicans Herbert McGregor (7.74m) and James Beckford (7.60m) finished one-two in the men’s Long Jump while American Funmi Jimoh (6.57m) beat Jamaican Jovanee Jarrett (6.57m).
Jamaican Dorian Scott (20.51m) won the men’s shot put. American Dan Taylor (20.43m) was second.
Anthony Foster for the IAAF
He surely must run the double in Beijing after this.
No, actually before he was in the womb. I called it when his great grandmother was born (if you can believe). Its hard being Pi Lambda.
Guess his training isn’t so bad after all huh. So much for the theory about maxing out his potential because of his poor trainning. Should have watched those curves he ran dude.
-Guy From Boston
Bolt undecided on Olympic 100m bid despite fast time
* Reuters * , Sunday May 4 2008
By Gene Cherry
SALVO, North Carolina, May 4 (Reuters) - Usain Bolt is still unsure if he will participate in the 100 metres race at the Beijing Olympics despite clocking 9.76 seconds over the distance, the Jamaican 200 metres specialist said on Sunday.
“My coach and I are going to decide what would be best for me,” the world 200 metres silver medallist told Reuters in a telephone interview from Kingston, Jamaica, a day after dashing to the second-fastest 100 metres of all-time in Saturday’s Jamaica International Invitational.
“Tomorrow (Monday) we will be talking more about that, so I really cannot answer that right now,” added Bolt, who finished two-hundredths of a second outside of countryman Asafa Powell’s world record of 9.74 seconds.
The lanky 21-year-old produced the stunning performance in only his third 100 metres as a professional.
“I was not expecting that,” said Bolt, who previous personal best was 10.03 seconds.
But after a less than impressive start, he roared away from the field for an easy victory.
“My 200 metres speed started to kick in after about 50 metres, and I just went away from the pack,” said Bolt, who enjoyed a favourable wind of 1.8 metres per second.
“It was fantastic,” said his trainer of four years, Glen Mills.
“In terms of ability, Usain has the most of any athlete I have ever coached and probably have ever seen,” Mills told Reuters via telephone from Kingston.
But Bolt said he was not ready to predict he would some day break Powell’s record.
“I am not worried about that right now,” he said. "I just want to enjoy the moment.
“I really don’t know how fast I can run the 100. I’ll just wait until after my next race before I say anything.”
At least four more 100 metres are on his schedule before the late June Jamaican Olympic trials, he said, including one in Trinidad later this month.
His opening 200 metres will take place in Ostrava on June 12, the world junior record holder said.
Mills said Bolt definitely would run the 200 metres at the Jamaican trials, but any decision on the 100 will not come until after an analysis of how other world-class sprinters are doing in the short race.
Initially, they were planning to use the 100 as speed work for the 200, the coach said. Now the door could be open for a double.
“The results (in training for the 100) have been amazing… so I was expecting him to put up a big performance,” said Mills, who also coaches former 100 metres world champion Kim Collins of St. Kitts.
"But it is early in the season, and a lot of the top performers have not come out and run.
“By the time the American trials come around (in late June) we should pretty much have a good idea about the realities of going to the Olympics (in the 100).”
The Olympics run from Aug 8-24.
(Editing by Pritha Sarkar)
sorry to be a bit tangential here. but…
salvo is literally in the middle of the middle of nowhere, i’ve wondered how gene cherry is basically the top american track journalist in america and one of the best of the world and is involved in track at all levels with a place best accessed by ferry as his homebase.
If Bolt’s preparations thus far have been geared towards 200m Gold, does it make sense from a preparation perspective to start thinking about doubling at this point in the year, even if he backs the performance up with another sizzler?
Stay seated and hold tight. He has 16 more runs this year before the blast off
i hope he dont peak too early.
OMG this is totally unexpected! Good on him. See how much speed he was gathering all the way through the line? Man, the 200m is going to be something else! What am I saying, so is the 100m! Now.
We’ll see though…There’s still three months until Beijing.
Patrick Johnson ran 9.93 in May 2003, and failed to make the semis of both sprints at Worlds in Paris. I know Usain Bolt isn’t Patrick Johnson, but just saying, there’s a lot of time to go.