Track and field poster boy, Usain Bolt claimed honors for being the top sprinter in the world by retaining the 200m Gold at the World Athletics Championship, just days after winning the 100m event.
Unlike the 100m event, Bolt had a lightning start this time, putting him into the lead in the first 100m. He ran the bend perfectly and finished with a timing of 19.55 to secure top position for Jamaica. Bolt celebrated by jabbing his thumb at his chest. American sprinter Justin Gatlin came in second with a time of 19.74.
Anaso Jobodwana of South Africa was third with a timing of 19.87. Anaso, meanwhile, also set a new national record, while also keeping Panama’s Alonso Edwards, who finished fourth, out of the podium position. The 20-year-old Zharnel Hughes of Britain, who finished fifth, also had an impressive time of 20.02.
Usain Bolt happy with the result
Bolt’s timing was the fastest this year and he was quite understandably happy with his performance.
“It means a lot to me. I’m happy to be a 10-time World Championships gold medalist, especially when people have been saying I would lose. I had the utmost confidence. As long as my coach is confident, I’m super confident. The British people give me a lot of love and I will continue running fast,” Bolt said.
Bolt had been having a rocky season so far through injuries, and has shown some real determination to come in and win at the World Championship. He will also be seen in the 4x100m relay later on.
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