Usain Bolt smashes 100-meter record, clocking a 9.58 -- chicagotribune.com
BERLIN – Usain Bolt has done it again.
On a perfect night in Berlin, with a tailwind of 1 mile per hour, the Jamaican put his 100-meter world record into the range of the superhuman, winning his first world title with a time of 9.58 seconds.
That broke the record of 9.69 Bolt set at the 2008 Olympics.
The defending world champion, Tyson Gay of the United States, also ran the race of his life, finishing second in 9.71 seconds, third fastest time ever and 6/100ths better than his previous personal best.
Former world record holder Asafa Powell was third in 9.84.
Playing to the crowd repeatedly before the start, with his trademark lightning bolt pose as well as a hand motion that signaled he was about to take flight, Bolt grabbed the lead about 30 meters into the race and ran hard all the way through the finish as Gay was on his heels for more than half the race. Last year in the Olympics, he had begun hamming it up well before the finish.
"I knew I could do it," Bolt said over the public address system. "You guys are the best crowd ever. You gave me energy."
As he crossed the finish line and saw the time, Bolt slapped his right hand over the "Jamaica" on his singlet.