Friday, December 30, 2011

Athletics: Usain Bolt Shrugs Off Worlds jinx to Eye 4 Olympic Golds

Posted by Admin On 10:42 AM


Usain Bolt, one of global sport’s most marketable characters, rebounded from his false start in the centerpiece 100-meter final at this year’s world championships to immediately eye four golds at the London Olympics.

The United States top the medals table after nine days of riveting action at the worlds, held Aug. 27 to Sept. 4 in Daegu, South Korea. It collective 25 medals, counting 12 golds, eight silvers and five bronzes, to finish ahead of Russia and its 19 medals (9-4-6).  But it was Bolt who once again stole the show in spite of a false start on the second day that saw him histrionically ineligible from the 100m final, in which he was the defensive champion.

The 25-year-old Jamaican, an Olympic double sprint winner and world record holder, put that behind him to retain his 200m crown in 19.40 seconds, then the fourth fastest time ever run over the distance.

He then went on to anchor the Jamaican 4x100m relay team to a new world record of 37.04 seconds in the final event of the Daegu showpiece, before turning his sights on next year’s Olympic Games in London where he plans to add the 4x400m relay.

It would give the Jamaican a shot at flattering the first man to win four gold medals in track and field at one Olympics since American Carl Lewis achieved the feat at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles.  There was more drama in Daegu when Cuban world evidence holder and Olympic champion Dayron Robles was naked of gold in the 110m hurdles.

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