Sprint sweep for brilliant Bolt in Beijing

Thu Aug 27, 2015 9:55am EDT
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By Nick Mulvenney

BEIJING (Reuters) - Usain Bolt delivered when it mattered again on Thursday when he scorched the fastest time of the year to win a record fourth straight world 200 meters title in 19.55 seconds and sweep the individual sprints at a global championships for a fifth time.

Five days after beating Justin Gatlin to win the 100 meters, the 29-year-old Olympic champion and world record holder again proved too strong for in-form American, who finished second in 19.74.

"Well done Usain," Bolt told reporters. "I am just happy, I told you guys I would do it. There was no doubt. I was not really focused on time. I knew I was not in the shape for a world record."

Bolt, who had run only one race at the distance coming into the championships after an injury-disrupted season, was in control from the start.

The 29-year-old got out of the blocks quicker than the usually explosive Gatlin on his inside and was ahead halfway round the bend before the American picked up speed and briefly looked like he might threaten the champion.

Puffing his cheeks out and swinging his arms high, though, Bolt pulled away down the home straight for an ultimately comfortable victory, thumping his chest with his fists as he crossed the line.

"When it comes to the 200 meters, I am a different person," Bolt said.

"My four world championship gold medals in the 200 meters, this a big deal, a great accomplishment."   Continued...

Usain Bolt of Jamaica reacts after winning the men's 200m final during the 15th IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium in Beijing, China August 27, 2015.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson