UPDATE: For coverage of Bolt’s NEW World Record at the Beijing Olympics, click here.
Jamaica’s Usain Bolt blew away the field in the 100M at the Reebok Grand Prix Track and Field event this past Saturday. Bolt, considered a 200M specialist, flew down the track like a drag-racer, setting a new world record of just 9.72 seconds.
You can watch a video of the run by clicking the play icon in the video window below.
The previous world mark of 9.74 seconds was held by Asafa Powell. Powell commented after the race that he plans to take back the record and will break 9.7 seconds in doing so. The two sprinters will meet in the Jamaican Olympic Trials later this month.
21 year-old Bolt has only run the 100M distance five times in competition and has been considered a contender in the 200M. He won the junior world title in six years ago at age 15 in 20.58 and has since grown to be 6’5″ tall. He won the silver medal in the 200M at the world championships last August in Osaka.
Bolt is scheduled to contest both the 100M and 200M races in the Olympic Trials, but even as a new world record holder in the 100M, there is some question whether he still plans to race at both distances. He was quoted today in the UK’s Independent as saying,
“I’m doing good in the 100, but I prefer the 200 because I’ve been dedicating my whole life to it. I’ve already done well and I’m getting better, and I would really like to get the 200 gold medal in Beijing.”
He will next run the 200M in a meet June 12th in Ostrava in the Czech Republic.
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