The 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics held in Berlin was set ablaze as yet again Bolt bested himself by smashing his own record of 9.69 made in Beijing. A race billed as a showdown featuring the world’s three fastest men ended with Usain Bolt setting a new world record eleven-hundredths of a second faster than the mark he set at last year’s Olympics.

After 20 metres into the race Bolt was already ahead and continued to widened that margin leaving Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell to battle for the second and third. As the 22 years old hit the finish line he glanced at the clock and in his usually fashion began to beat his chest knowing he has done it again.

The former world record holder, Asafa Powell did a season best of 9.84 to cop the bronze while Gay despite all his efforts was left staring at Bolt’s back. To his credit, he managed to win the silver in 9.71 and the honor of setting a new American national record.

Antigua and Barbuda‘s Daniel Bailey was fourth in 9.93, Trinidad and Tobago‘s Richard Thompson fifth in 9.93, Briton Dwain Chambers sixth in 10.00 and another Trinidadian, Marc Burns, seventh, also in 10.00.

The race was perhaps the greatest ever 100m showdown and it has undoubtedly left Jamaicans and the world speechless to say the least. After winning seemingly effortlessly Bolt did the Jamaican Luggo Luggo to entertain the crowd during his victory lap as thousands of Germans cheered him on.  


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