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August 20, 2008 10:53 AM

Track update: Bolt sets 200 WR; Walker out; Lagat advances in 5K

Posted by Ron Judd

bolt.JPGJamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates as he wins the men's 200-meter final with a world record at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing on Wednesday (AP Photo/Thomas Kienzle).

The big track story: Usain Bolt of Jamaica cemented his place as sprint king by winning the 200 meters and breaking Michael Johnson's legendary 1996 WR in the process, running 19.30. That's not the only way he'll enter the history books: Bolt is the first man since Carl Lewis in 1984 to win both the 100 and 200 at the same Olympics. He also is the first man to break the world record in both events at the same Olympics.

After some post-race confusion and a dual lane-violation disqualification for America's Wallace Spearmon and Churandy Martina of the Dutch Antilles, Americans Shawn Crawford (19.96) and Walter Dix (19.98) are awarded the silver and bronze.

Crawford, of Los Angeles, had this to say of the phenomenal Bolt:

"Usain Bolt is the fastest man I've ever seen in my life. The 19:30 to me wasn't strange. I've watched Usain perform all year. He's been putting up phenomenal times. I watched him do the rounds of the 100m. He set a record in that at 9.69. I figured he had a chance to break the record here. I just didn't know if he would have it in his legs still after eight rounds.

"He's made history. He's broken a 12-year-old record held by Michael Johnson and the same time he crushed the 100-meter record. He put on a show tonight. To me, it's just like Michael Phelps in swimming. He raised the bar for us."

-- Former WSU star Bernard Lagat rebounded from his disappointing, early exit from the 1,500 meters competition to win his preliminary heat in the 5,000 meters. Also advancing was Wisconsin's Matt Tegenkamp.

Lagat, post-race, admitting that he has been plagued by an Achilles problem:

"It went alright. Today was slow, and I knew that at some point if I don't get to top four, I might was well go away again like in the 1500m. I didn't want it to happen like the 1500m. I wanted to run aggressively even though it was slow and I did. I am happy I won.

"I've had a few problems with my left Achilles after the trials, and that is why I lost a few weeks of training. That resulted in not making the finals in the 1500m. But now, I am good. We have a really good medical staff with Team USA over here, and they have been taking good care of me. I'm feeling strong right now."


-- UW graduate and former world pole vault champion Brad Walker made an early exit from Beijing, no-heighting in qualifying rounds.

-- Also notable: Nick Symmonds of Eugene won his qualifying heat in the 800 meters. Failing to advance were Oregon teammates Andrew Wheating and Christian Smith. The trio finished 1,2,3 at the Olympic trials in Eugene last month.

Symmonds after the race:

"It was exactly what I wanted in the first round. I haven't raced in seven weeks, so there is always a little bit of a question of am I going to get out and feel good or am I going to feel flat. I tell you what, I felt real good. That first 200 was just what I wanted. Instead of getting caught in the back, I let myself get up in the hunt a little bit more so I wouldn't have to waste so much energy."

Center photo: Bernard Lagat, left, wins a men's 5000-meter heat ahead of Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele, center, and Qatar's James Kwalia C'Kurui in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Wednesday, Aug. 20. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer). Bottom photo: Brad Walker of the united States fails to qualify in the Men's Pole Vault Qualifying Round at the National Stadium during Day 12 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. (Photo by Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)

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