Flashback: Usain Bolt makes history with world record 200m performance in Berlin in 2009

Usain Bolt created another piece of athletics history in August 2009 with a sensational triumph and world record in the 200 metres at the World Championships in Berlin.

By Sports Desk
Friday, 21st August 2020, 6:00 am
Jamaica's Usain Bolt sets a new World Record to win the Men's 200m Final during the IAAF World Championships at the Olympiastadion, Berlin.
Jamaica's Usain Bolt sets a new World Record to win the Men's 200m Final during the IAAF World Championships at the Olympiastadion, Berlin.

After winning the 100m with a new world best of 9.58 seconds four days earlier, Bolt completed the sprint double by smashing his own record in the 200m for good measure.

Bolt stormed to victory in the Olympic Stadium in 19.19secs, slashing 0.11secs off the time set in Beijing the previous year, with Panama’s Alonso Edward claiming silver in 19.81s and American Wallace Spearmon the bronze in 19.85s.

The Jamaican superstar, who celebrated his 23rd birthday the following day, became the first man to hold the 100 and 200m world and Olympic titles at the same time, having also done the double in China in 2008.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

Bolt again looked supremely relaxed before the race, wearing a T-shirt bearing the phrase ‘Ich Bin Ein Berlino’ in reference to Berlino the bear, the official mascot of the championships.

A false start heightened the tension in the stadium, but Bolt was not messing around once the race got under way at the second attempt, powering round the bend and gritting his teeth in determination until crossing the line and seeing the time on the electronic display.

“I can definitely say I didn’t expect that because I was a little bit tired,” he said. “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.”

On This Day In Sport

1936: American Wilt Chamberlain, one of the most prolific scorers in the history of the NBA, was born. He became the first man to score 100 points in a single game when the Philadelphia Warriors defeated the New York Knicks 169-147 in March 1962. He died in 1999 at the age of 63.

1965: Charlton’s Keith Peacock was the first substitute to be used in a Football League game when he came on for Mick Rose against Bolton.

2005: Kimi Raikkonen won the inaugural Turkish Grand Prix in Istanbul.