Thursday, August 20, 2009

Usain Bolt Does It Again!

"Bolt strikes again!" "Lightning strikes twice!" "The Incredible Bolt!" "The worlds fastest man does it again!" Wow! Those are some of the headlines circulating around the world today.

For the second time this week, Usain Bolt has lived up to his name. Today in Berlin, Bolt smashed his own world record in the 200 meters, with a ridiculous time of 19.19 seconds. This follows his record breaking time of 9.58 seconds in the 100 meters, which he accomplished this past Sunday.

The man is simply incredible!

He shaved .11 seconds off of both records and broke both records, exactly a year-to-the-date of setting the old marks at the Beijing Olympics. Talk about coincidences. Here's the breakdown:

100 meters: (-.11)
9.58 seconds -- August 16, 2009 -- Berlin
9.69 seconds -- August 16, 2008 -- Beijing

200 meters: (-.11)
19.19 seconds -- August 20, 2009 -- Berlin
19.30 seconds -- August 20, 2008 -- Beijing

Unless some other athlete does something spectacular between now and the end of the year, Bolt has pretty much sealed every major Sportsman of the Year award. I can't see how, the Associated Press, Sports Illustrated, the Sporting News or the International Sports Press Association, can consider anyone else to this point.

Photo courtesy of the Associated Press

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