The last time Usain St. Leo Bolt competed in the World Athletics Final, in 2006, he placed third in the 200m in 20.10.

A brilliant performance by a 20 year-old, but rather overshadowed by the runs of Tyson Gay (19.68) and Wallace Spearmon (19.88). No-one would have thought that just three years later the Jamaican would be on the brink of running a full second quicker than he did that day in Stuttgart.

Not that it is reasonable to expect another world record on the second day of the IAAF / VTB Bank World Athletics Final, but given that he “surprised himself” with his 19.57 in Brussels, there might just be enough in the tank to beat Gay’s meeting record. Certainly no-one is going to expect the track record of 20.02 to survive much longer….Read More

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