Usain Bolt ran a scorching 19.30 in the 200-meter finals tonight in Beijing, lapping the field by over a half-second and besting Michael Johnson's 12-year old world record in the process. Bolt becomes the first man to complete the 100/200 double since Carl Lewis in 1984 and the first to do it in a non-boycotted Olympics since 1972.
Johnson's 19.32 was the pinnacle of track world records. Since he ran that time in the '96 Atlanta Games, nobody has come within four-tenths of the mark. Not surprisingly, Bolt had to run through the finish line to break this world record, not letting up like he did in the 100 despite holding another huge lead.
The first week of the Beijing Olympics belonged to Michael Phelps. Usain Bolt owns the second. The 21-year Jamaican will compete in the 4x100 relay beginning tomorrow.
If you don't want to wait until 11:00 tonight to watch the race, there are a few dozen versions floating around on YouTube at the moment. It's safe to say that Bolt's victory is the most dominant in recent Olympic memory. He makes up the stagger almost immediately and looks to be about five meters ahead at the top of the backstretch. After the jump is a great screen capture that says it all.
- Michael Johnson
- Usain Bolt