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Bolt's 9.58secs was already pre-destined a year ago

By Symone Goss, World-Track

glenmillsBERLIN — The newly established 100 metres world record of 9.58seconds, set by Usain Bolt to win the World Championships title in Berlin on Sunday will not come as a big surprised to his coach Glen Mills, who had already seen the mark forthcoming a year ago.

The 22-year-old Jamaican established himself as the king of sprinting when he set world marks of 9.69 and 19.30 seconds to win the 100m and 200m titles in Beijing a summer ago.

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But Bolt eased down way behind the finishing line during his early 100m celebration and still produced a world record, a performance Mills predicted would have been lowered to exactly 9.58 had he raced over the line.

"I’ve heard my coach (Glen Mills) talk of 9.58 seconds as a possible time (in the 100m) and I believe him," Bolt told La Gazzetta dello Sport last December. "He knows what he’s talking about and I believe him."

It was only a few days ago that mills said Bolt was in the sort of shape to emulate his Beijing feats, and his crushing100m victory on Sunday, following his familiar chicken nuggets lunch, means he has completed half the journey.

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"I was definitely ready for the world record and I did it! I had nuggets for lunch and I am proud of myself," Bolt said afterwards.

"I was focused and came out to execute, I did not think that I could run 0.1s faster than my own WR. But for me, anything is possible.

"I did not worry about anything before the race. I do the worrying outside of competition. This is the best audience, all the energy these guys gave me. The game is now on for the 200m gold."

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Bolt and Gay will start their 200m pursuit on Tuesday with the opening rounds of competition.

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  1. GEM

    August 17, 2009 at 10:23 am

    TO MR. CARL LEWIS,
    WE THE PEOPLE OF JAMAICA CORDIALLY INVITE YOU TO THE 2010 BOY’S AND GIRL’S HIGH SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIP AT THE JAMAICA NATIONAL STADIUM. BE PREPARED TO SEE THE NEXT GENERATION OF OLYMPIANS……..YES THIS TRACK AND FIELD EVENT IS THE BREEDING GROUND FOR OUR USAIN BOLT’S AND VERONICA CAMPBELL’S. IF YOU ATTEND YOU WILL SEE THAT JAMAICANS DO NOT NEED DRUGS TO PREFORM. BY THE WAY, PLEASE ASK, THE OTHER BLACK TRACK & FIELD WINNERS PAST AND PRESENT AND YOU WILL SEE THAT 99.9% OF THEM WERE EITHER BORN IN JAMAICA OR THEIR PARENT/S ARE JAMAICANS. DO YOUR RESEARCH…………THE JAMAICANS HAVE FINALLY GOTTEN A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD……..SINCE THE USA CANNOT FIND THE RIGHT DRUGS TO USE. WE WERE ALSO 2ND OR 3RD….NOW WE ARE WINNING BECAUSE THE USA IS FINALLY RUNNING CLEAN…………THE FIELD IS DEFINITELY CLEANER AND MORE LEVEL.
    DONT FORGET TO SHOW UP AT BOY’S AND GIRLS CHAMP IF YOU ARE TRULY A MAN…..BUT THEN AGAIN YOU MAY NOT WANT CONSIDERING HOW JAMAICANS FEEL ABOUT…..YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN

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