Moscow, Aug 19 (): Olympic champion Usain Bolt secured his 200m title with ease and took his tally of World Championships gold medals to seven.
The athlete was also presented with the 2012 International Association for Sports Journalists (AIPS) Male Athlete of the Year award for his outstanding performance at the Olympic Games in London last year. He was presented the award shortly after he won his third straight men’s 200 metres title at the 14th IAAF World Championships in Athletics at the Luzhniki Stadium.
The Jamaican set a world leading time of 19.66 seconds – nearly half a second slower than his four-year-old world record of 19.19 sec but still the fastest by anyone this year – to secure his third successive world title in the event.
Bolt’s winning time was nearly five-tenths slower than the world record time of 19.19 he set in Berlin, which is the slowest of his gold-medal wins over the distance.
Usain Bolt’s Jamaican team-mate Warren Weir never got close to Bolt’s world leading time of 19.66 seconds, but crossing .13 seconds later for silver while Curtis Mitchell of the United States took bronze in 20.24 seconds.
Bolt said that 100m was for the fans, and for the show as the fastest man in the world, but for him it meant more to come there and defend his 200 title.
Even his start was strong as he quickly gained a vital edge. And when the finishing line came up, the six-time Olympic champion was relieved and had time to look over his shoulder to check his team-mate Weir had grabbed second.
Now Usain Bolt’s name is alongside Americans Carl Lewis, Michael Johnson and Allyson Felix as the most decorated gold medallist in the championships’ history. With two silvers also in his collection, it would be Bolt’s 10th medal in all, bringing him level with Lewis and Felix.
As the closing day is approaching, Russia leads the gold medal standings with seven, ahead of the United States with six. Overall, the American team leads the host nation 20-15. Jamaica is now in the third place with four golds.