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Usain Bolt’s extraordinary world championships continued as he broke his own 200m world record, running in a time of 19.19sec that slashed 0.11sec off the time he set in Beijing last year. Earlier this week he ran a time of 9.58sec to break his own 100m world record by exactly the same margin.
“I can definitely say I didn’t expect that because I was a little bit tired,” Bolt said after the race. “I said ‘Let’s try because people are really looking out for this’. I said ‘It won’t hurt to try’. So I tried really hard and now I’m really tired.
“Maybe next time I should just run the 200m or the 100m alone,” he added. “My form was going backwards. I wasn’t running upright. It wasn’t a good race but it was a fast one.”
Bolt was in relaxed mood before the race, showing off to the cameras and wearing a t-shirt bearing the phrase “Ich Bin Ein Berlino”, in reference to Berlino the bear, the event’s mascot. After one false start, Bolt got off the blocks quickly and opened up an easy, early lead. He had time, towards the end of the race, to appear to check the stadium clock before he crossed the finish line. His nearest competitor was Alonso Edward, who finished with a time of 19.81sec while the American Wallace Spearmon finished third with 19.85sec.