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High Boltage

Tuesday, August 13, 2013


No sooner had Usain Bolt happily pocketed the 100 meter gold medal at the world championships in Moscow than his focus shifted to scoring two more wins in his quest to become a "real legend" of track and field.

Bolt's record-setting performances at the Berlin worlds in 2009 followed treble gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. A blip in the Daegu worlds in 2011 saw him lose his 100m crown to Jamaican teammate Yohan Blake after a false-start disqualification, but he rebounded for two more golds in South Korea before sealing a unique repeat treble at last year's London Olympics.

Bolt made no bones about his primary intention in Russia: win back the 100m title. And he did so in emphatic style, clocking a season's best 9.77 seconds in heavy rain at the Luzhniki Stadium, with American Justin Gatlin claiming silver in 9.85 seconds and Nesta Carter, also of Jamaica, taking bronze in 9.95 seconds.

"I feel a little tired, I need some rest," said Bolt. "I continue to work on my aim to become a legend by collecting gold medals and Athlete of the Year titles."

He said he will be focused on the 200m and 4x100m relay, with the first round and semi-finals of the 200m set Friday and final on Saturday, followed by Sunday's 4x100m relay.

"I'm looking forward to running the 200m, I can't promise anything [regarding a new world record]. Hopefully everything will come together," he said.

"My legs are sore right now, but I'll get some ice bags, get the masseurs to work right and I
'll be okay."

With the credibility of athletics questioned in light of the recent positive doping tests of several stars, including American sprinter Tyson Gay and Jamaican Asafa Powell, Bolt's victory was a boost for track and field as a whole.

He admitted that the race itself had been far from perfect. A slow start, tough track and heavy rain all conspired to work against him.

"I had to get out there and get in my drive phase because the last 50 meters are the best part of my race," he said. "Just to be around great starters like Gatlin and Carter, you know you have to get it right."

While Bolt brought his total world titles to six, two women celebrated their third world crowns, American Brittney Reese in the long jump and Ethiopian distance runner Tirunesh Dibaba in the 10,000m.

The United States collected a second gold as Ashton Eaton added the decathlon world crown to his Olympic title.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


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