Brave Bolt for gold

2011-09-03 19:20

Sprint star Usain Bolt rebounded from his 100m disqualification to scorch to 200m gold yesterday, while Asbel Kiprop won a first-ever men’s 1 500m title for Kenya.

The 25-year-old Jamaican defending champion and world-record holder crushed the field in the 200m, winning in the fourth-fastest time ever run – 19.40sec.

Only Bolt, twice, and American track legend Michael Johnson have run faster.

“I feel great. I’m still the best,” said Bolt, who was disqualified from the 100m final for a false start.

“After the false start on Sunday, I was extremely disappointed not to have given myself the chance to defend my 100m title. The 200m presented a great opportunity for me to put it behind me and move on, and I’ve been determined to do so all week.”

Dix claimed silver in a season’s best 19.70sec, with Frenchman Christophe Lemaitre coming through strong at the end to take bronze in a national record 19.80sec.

Earlier in the evening, a masterclass in middle-distance running saw Kiprop add the world 1500m title to his Olympic crown.

The 22-year-old Kenyan stood firm in the sprint for home, compatriot Silas Kiplagat taking silver and American Matthew Centrowitz bronze.

Remarkably, it was the first time a Kenyan has won the 1500m event at the worlds, although Kenyan-born Bahraini Yusuf Kamel and American Bernard Lagat (2007) are holders of the last two world titles.

“It makes me happy to be the first Kenyan to win the 1500m,” said Kiprop. “Running with Kiplagat and others gives me motivation to run next year in the London Olympics.”

Asbel and Kiplagat’s medal showings further confirmed the east African country’s status as the dominant nation in middle and long distance running.

Sally Pearson handed Australia their first gold, winning the 100m hurdles in a new championship record of 12.28sec, American Danielle Carruthers winning silver in a photo-finish from compatriot Dawn Harper.

However there was heart-break for two defending champions, Blanka Vlasic of Croatia and Norway’s Andreas Thorkildsen.

Injury-hit Vlasic was denied a unique title hat-trick when Russian Anna Chicherova won the high jump on countback (2.03m).

And Thorkildsen was pushed into the silver spot by Matthias de Zordo in the men’s javelin, the German tyro nailing 86.27m.

After winning silver in the 400m and bronze in the 200m, Allyson Felix got a gold in the second leg of the US women’s triumphant 4x400m relay team.

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