Sunday, August 23, 2009

Bolt scorches 100 field in world-record 9.58

Bolt scorches 100 field in world-record 9.58 seconds

BERLIN (AP) — Olympic champion Usain Bolt set a 100-meter world record in the track and field world championships Sunday night, outrunning Tyson Gay and the rest of the field in a blistering 9.58 seconds in the final.

Bolt shaved 0.11 seconds off the record he set at the Beijing Olympics, beating defending champion Gay, who set a U.S. record of 9.71 seconds.

"I made sure if I ran a good perfect race, there was no worries," Bolt said.

Gay took the silver medal just ahead of Jamaica's Asafa Powell, who won bronze in the fastest 100 ever with a time of 9.84

"I did my best," said Gay, a three-time world champ. "I did good. It just wasn't good enough."

The race had been the most anticipated event of the world championships and lived up to its billing. Bolt won the Olympic gold in Beijing last year with a world record performance of 9.69.

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