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Usain Bolt confirmed for Paris Diamond League Meeting

PARIS (Sporting Alert) — World Record holder Usain Bolt will race over 200-metres at the 2013 edition of the Meeting AREVA – Samsung Diamond League – in Paris on July 6.

Bolt, who holds the world record in the event, at 19.19 seconds, will compete against French sprinter Christophe Lemaitre, who was confirmed for the event by the organisers of the Meeting AREVA.

The Jamaican sprint sensation, who dominated the 100m and 200m dash at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, repeated his sprint double feat at the 2012 London Olympic Games last summer, before anchoring Jamaica’s 4x100m relay team to gold in a world record time.

He set the 200-metres world record at the 2009 IAAF World Championships in Berlin, the same place he clocked 9.58secs to set the 100m world record.

Bolt opened his 2013 season with two 400m races.

He first ran the open event on Feb. 8, before running a leg on his team’s 4x400m relay team at the Gibson Relays last weekend.

All-Athletics.com: Top 20 male and female performances at London Olympics

All-Athletics.com published the Top 20 male and female single performances respectively of the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

The lists were calculated according to the rules of the All-Athletics.com Overall Rankings.

All results from London are available, as well as lots of updated statistics including the 2012 World Top Lists, and the World All-Time Lists.

The Athlete Profiles of all participants have been updated on All-Athletics.com, the most comprehensive worldwide athletics database.

Top 20 Performances of the 2012 Olympic Games in London

Name  Nat. Event Pos. Result Performance Score
Jamaica  JAM  4x100m  1.  36.84  1641
Usain Bolt  JAM  100m  1.  9.63 (+1.5)  1628
Usain Bolt  JAM  200m  1.  19.32 (+0.4)  1627
David Rudisha  KEN  800m  1.  1:40.91  1616
Aries Merritt  USA  110m Hurdles  1.  12.92 (-0.3)  1569
Yohan Blake  JAM  200m  2.  19.44 (+0.2)  1568
United States  USA  4x100m  2.  37.04  1565
Kirani James  GRN  400m  1.  43.94  1548
Sergey Kirdyapkin  RUS  50km RW  1.  3:35:59  1548
Renaud Lavillenie  FRA  Pole Vault  1.  5.97  1547
Yohan Blake  JAM  100m  2.  9.75 (+1.5)  1545
Ashton Eaton  USA  Decathlon  1.  8869  1543
Christian Taylor  USA  Triple Jump  1.  17.81 (+0.6)  1541
Félix Sanchez  DOM  400m Hurdles  1.  47.63  1541
Ivan Ukhov  RUS  High Jump  1.  2.38  1541
Bahamas  BAH  4x400m  1.  2:56.72  1536
Tomasz Majewski  POL  Shot Put  1.  21.89  1534
Nijel Amos  BOT  800m  2.  1:41.73  1530
Ding Chen  CHN  20km RW  1.  1:18:46  1522
Robert Harting  GER  Discus Throw  1.  68.27  1507
United States  USA  4x100m  1.  40.82  1604
Jessica Ennis  GBR  Heptathlon  1.  6955  1583
Nadezhda Ostapchuk  BLR  Shot Put  1.  21.36  1558
Anna Chicherova  RUS  High Jump  1.  2.05  1552
United States  USA  4x400m  1.  3:16.87  1552
Yelena Lashmanova  RUS  20km RW  1.  1:25:02  1546
Natalya Antyukh  RUS  400m Hurdles  1.  52.70  1546
Allyson Felix  USA  200m  1.  21.88 (-0.2)  1542
Sandra Perković  CRO  Discus Throw  1.  69.11  1540
Sally Pearson  AUS  100m Hurdles  1.  12.35 (-0.2)  1537
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce  JAM  100m  1.  10.75 (+1.5)  1536
Barbora Špotáková  CZE  Javelin Throw  1.  69.55  1531
Tirunesh Dibaba  ETH  10000m  1.  30:20.75  1528
Yuliya Zaripova  RUS  3000m Steeple  1.  9:06.72  1527
Tatyana Lysenko  RUS  Hammer Throw  1.  78.18  1526
Brittney Reese  USA  Long Jump  1.  7.12 (+0.8)  1526
Mariya Savinova  RUS  800m  1.  1:56.19  1522
Sanya Richards-Ross  USA  400m  1.  49.55  1519
Jamaica  JAM  4x100m  2.  41.41  1518
Lashinda Demus  USA  400m Hurdles  2.  52.77  1503

(Photo by Nick Webb)

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Olympics Day 12 - Athletics

Bolt does it again! Wins Olympic sprint double

LONDON — Usain Bolt finally confirmed himself as a track and field legend after firing to gold in the men’s 200 metres dash at the London Olympic Games here tonight.

In fact, Bolt led fantastic night for Jamaica, which not only won gold, but the silver and bronze medal as well.

All three sprinters are coached by Jamaican sprint guru and former national coach, Glen Mills.

Bolt, feeling confident from day one at these Games, blasted from the blocks and kept going on his way to equalling the fourth fastest time off all-time, at 19.32 to secured his second successive Olympic sprint double.

It was clear that the 25-year-old had no interest in world record or Olympic record in the latter parts of the race, as he eased off the gas while looking at the clock.

For him, the victory was more important at these Games.

“It was hard for me, it was hard. I’m really dedicated to my work. I knew what London meant and I’m proud of myself,” he said.

“I did what I wanted. I came out of a rough season and I did what I had to do.

“It’s what I came here to do.”

He added:”I’m now a legend, I’m also the greatest athlete to live. I am in the same category as Michael Johnson. I’m honoured.

“It’s all about Michael for me. I grew up watching him break World records. He’s a great athlete.”

Yohan Blake, the 100m silver medallist behind Bolt on Sunday ran a seasonal best of 9.44secs for the silver medal and Warren Weir crossed the line at 19.84 for the bronze.

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Bolt qualifies for Olympic 100m final

LONDON (Sporting Alert) — Usain Bolt strolled into the final of the men’s 100 metres dash on Sunday at the London Olympic Games after winning his semi-final heat very convincingly.

The defending champion and world record holder ran the opening half of the race before slowing down to a jog, while looking around as he crossed the finishing line in an impressive 9.87 seconds.

American Ryan Bailey, who ran 9.88secs in his heat on Saturday clocked 9.96secs for second place to join Bolt in the final.

The early showdown between world champion Yohan Blake and Tyson Gay ended with the Jamaican coming out on top – taking semi-finals three in 9.85secs, with the American finishing second in 9.90.

Both sprinters certainly still have room to go quicker in the final later on tonight.

Meanwhile, the fastest qualifier heading into the Olympic Games final was American champion Justin Gatlin, who took heat one in 9.82secs, crossing the line in front of the Netherlands Antilles’ Churandy Martina, who ran a national record of 9.91.

Former world record holder Asafa Powell was third in this semi-final, but he made it through as one of the fastest losers with his 9.94.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Richard Thompson, who won silver in Beijing four-years-ago, also made it through as one of the fastest losers with a time of 10.02.

Bolt at ease, Ryan Bailey fastest in 100m heat, at 9.88

LONDON (Sporting Alert) — Defending champion Usain Bolt cruised into the semifinals of the men’s 100 metros dash the London 2012 Olympic Games on Saturday morning.

Bolt, the champion from the Beijing Games, and world record holder in the event, strolled home to a relaxed 10.09 seconds to win his heat, following a huge roar from the large crowd inside the Olympic Stadium.

His training partner Daniel Bailey of Antigua was second in the heat in 10.12secs.

Fastest of the morning though, was American Ryan Bailey, who exerted more energy than anyone else to clock a stunning 9.88secs – equalling his own personal best in the first round.

He was one of two sprinters below the 10-second barrier in the heats this morning.

Also breaking the barrier was American champion and 2004 gold medallist Justin Gatlin, who eased home to 9.97secs when winning the second heat of the morning.

Booking their place also into the semi-finals were world champion Yohan Blake of Jamaica, who posted the third fastest of the morning session, at 10.00secs, his fellow countryman Asafa Powell, at 10.04, Tyson Gay (USA), who won his heat in 10.08 (-1.4 m/s) and Dwain Chambers of Great Britain, who improved his seasonal best big time to 10.02 to win the last heat.

Another impressive run today came from world junior champion and Briton’s rising star Adam Gemili, who ran 10.11 to take second in his heat behind Powell. Defending silver medallist Richard Thompson (TnT) also went through with a performance of 10.14.

Over in the men’s 400m, defending champion LaShawn Merritt failed to qualify from the heat after the American pulled up injured with a hamstring problem he picked up in a tune up race prior to the Games.

Qualifying, however, were world champion Kirani James of Grenada who won his heat in 45.23, Belgium’s Jonathan Borlée, who ran the quickest time of the morning, at 44.43, Chris Brown (BAH, 45.40), Tony McQuay (USA, 45.48), Kévin Borlée (BEL, 45.14) and the impressive Luguelín Santos (DOM, 45.04).