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Gold For Usain Bolt in 200 Meters

Ian Walton, Getty Images
Ian Walton, Getty Images

Usain Bolt claims the gold at the world championships, running the fourth-fastest 200 meters in the history of the sport.

Bolt was slowest out of the blocks coming off his disqualification for a false start in the 100 finals last Sunday that he chalked up to “anxiety,” but drove through the bend and powered to the line in 19.40 seconds, just 0.21 seconds of the world record he set to win his first world title two years ago.

“I am still the best,” Bolt told to the crowd of about 45,000 at Daegu Stadium. “It was beautiful.”

Walter Dix of the United States won his second sprint silver in 19.70 and Christophe Lemaitre earned bronze with a French record of 19.80.

Bolt was a defending champion coming through on a night of two big upsets at the worlds. In the high jump, Anna Chicherova of Russia beat two-time defending champion Blanka Vlasic of Croatia, and Matthias De Zordo of Germany overcame favorite Andreas Thorkildsen of Norway to win the men’s javelin.

It was Bolt’s fourth gold over two world championships and he is expected to anchor his country’s 400 relay Sunday in another Jamaica versus United States sprint duel.

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