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Only when the running stopped
and the picture-taking began did
Usain Bolt finally meet his match.
Bolt blew past Justin Gatlin
and everyone else overnight
in the 200m to win his 10th
career gold medal at the world
What finally upended the 1.95m
Jamaican was a multi-tasking
cameraman riding a two-wheeled
scooter while videotaping Bolt ’s
victory lap. The scooter ran over
the outcropping of a metal railing
bolted to the edge of the track
and bobbled off course — then
slammed into the back of the
fastest two legs on the planet.
Bolt ’s legs came out from under
him and he went down hard and
landed on his backside. Then,
smooth as silk, he somersaulted
backward on to his feet, jogged
a few steps, and reached down to
make sure his left leg was okay.
He was no worse for wear —
reporting just a few scrapes — but
figured he would try to make
the evening at least a little more
interesting. “ The rumour I’m
trying to start right now is that
Justin Gatlin paid him off,” Bolt
said, while sitting next to Gatlin
in the medallists’ news conference.
Gatlin’s response: “I want my
money back. He didn’t complete
Indeed, it may take more than
just a motivated opponent to
finish off Bolt, who now has five
gold medals at the Bird’s Nest,
including the three he took at the
2008 Beijing Olympics when he
set world records in the 100, 200
and 4x100 relay.
The split-second scare with
the scooter provided what Bolt’s
season-best 19.55 seconds on the
track did not.
This was billed as the second
round of the Bolt vs Gatlin series
that produced the champion’s
grittiest win four nights earlier.
Bolt ’s .01-second victory in the
100 came despite a year’s worth of
injuries and off-form running that
continued all the way through the
Like most sequels, part II did
not live up to the original.
Running out of lane 6, Bolt got
off to a good start and worked
smoothly into the cur ve, making
up the lag to the runners to his
outside and gathering steam as
he headed into the turn. L eading
at the halfway point, he opened
a three-body-length lead over
Gatlin early in the stretch, and the
last 50m were simply for showing
Bolt coasted in and still won
by .19 seconds. The winner used
his thumbs to point at himself
as he crossed the finish line and
flashed his index finger: He is
No 1 — just in case anyone had
“ What I really celebrated was,
Justin Gatlin said earlier in the
week that he was going to bring
out something special for the
200m,” Bolt said.
“I was like, ‘You don’t talk about
my 200m like that.’”
Gatlin came into world
championships dominating the
sprints while Bolt was stuck on
the sideline. The American was
a favourite in the 100m, and Bolt
took umbrage to the idea that
Gatlin’s stumble over the last 15m
gave that race away.
“Disrespectful,” Bolt called that
notion. “I came out here and got
Once the 200m heats began,
Bolt started getting stronger and
Gatlin, by his own admission,
started feeling tired.
“I’ve beaten him once before,
and I hope to do it again,” Gatlin
said of a .01 -second victory at a
meet in Rome in 2013. “He’s such
a showman. You’ve got to give it
to the guy for staying at the level
he stays at. That ’s hard to do.”
Gatlin’s silver added to gold
medals won by two Americans
Christian Taylor in the triple
jump and Allyson Felix in the
400. Anita Wlodarczyk of Poland
won the women’s hammer throw
with a championship-record toss
When Felix crossed the line, she
tied Bolt for the most gold medals
at the world championships with
nine. That lasted all of about 10
minutes — until Bolt took No 10
in the night ’s final race.
Both sprinters are pointing
toward Rio de Janeiro, where the
Olympics are only 343 days away.
Friday, August 28, 2015
PICTURE: Ben Aulakh
Coast schools set for tournaments
Greymouth High School sports captains — Levi Pascoe, left, (junior basketball), Michael Cook (boys’ hockey), Hannah Hill (girls’
netball), Alex McCann (girls’ hockey), Chester Mama (senior boys’ basketball) and Tessa Beirne (junior girls’ basketball) — all geared
up and ready to head off to a variety of sports tournaments around the country. Pascoe and Beirne were headed to play in Nelson,
Cook was going to Gore, Hill to Timaru, McCann to Invercargill and Mama was playing in Ashburton.
Westurf Stadium in Greymouth will be
a hive of activity next week as West Coast
hosts the South Island Secondary Schools
Mixed Hockey Tournament.
Eleven teams will compete, starting at
8am on Monday. The final will be played at
2pm on Friday. John Paul II High School
will represent West Coast schools.
Coached by Rachael Carson, who
successfully coached the West Coast
women’s A team to Pope Shield success last
weekend, they will be looking for a ‘three
peat ’, with last year’s win in Gore.
Key players to watch will be the local
premier men players, the Wallace brothers
Angus and Fergus, Angus Winter and
With three girls required on the turf at
all times John Paul II’s strength of Brooke
Haslam, Janae Fitzgerald, Meg and Sarah
Lunn will ser ve the team well.
At the same time, Greymouth High
School boys will be competing at Gore
and Greymouth High School girls at
Both are confident of strong performances
in their tier two national tournaments.
The West Coast Chargers take
another step in their South Island
premier rugby league campaign
tomorrow when they take on the
winless Otago, at Wingham Park.
After just two games West Coast is
standing better in the results than it
has for four years, with one win and
one narrow loss, and West Coast
coach Paddy Byrne is expecting
tomorrow ’s clash to be a real battle.
“ I reckon it ’s going to be real even,”
While Otago have lost twice, when
they played Canterbury, they were
only beaten in the final moments of
the game — the same scenario as
Coast ’s loss to the Tasman Titans last
Saturday, when they lost the match
with three minutes remaining after
leading for the entire game.
Byrne said some lessons were
learned last weekend and he had
talked to the team about how to “shut
a game out ”.
He expects Coast to perform well
“ We will give it a good go again.”
Byrne said the team had trained
well during the week and everyone
was looking for ward to taking the
“ We have worked on our line speed
on defence, as we let a couple of tries
in just before half-time last week. ”
Corey Grant was out after injuring
his jaw against Tasman, but a worthy
replacement in Robert Thompson
has been called up, adding size to the
An injury cloud also hangs over
for ward Harrison Mahuika, who
has an ankle injury. While he will
be missed, Jordan Paterson, who has
been overseas, is back in the country
and will pull on the West Coast jersey
Bryne said all he was asking from
the side tomorrow was to put in a full
40 minutes in each half and play the
rugby league they wanted, and the
win should come their way.
Kick-off is at 2.30pm.
Cameraman fells Bolt
Coast Chargers fancy chances with Otago
Usain Bolt hit by a cameraman on a Segway as he celebrates
winning the men’s 200m final in Beijing today.
Greymouth to host Sth Island tourney
A fire has almost completely destroyed
a famous North Canterbury rugby
Crews were called to Hurunui’s
Glenmark Rugby Club on Reeces Road
just after midnight, to find the building
completely consumed by flames.
The renowned club has been home to
a raft of rugby greats, including Todd
Blackadder, Robbie Deans and Alex
Fire crews were on the scene for almost
four hours and a fire investigator visited
the scene this morning.
Fire communications shift manager
Riwai Grace said they hope to work out
the cause of the blaze later today.
The building has been seriously
damaged and police and fire investigators
will be on the scene this morning, he
Club secretary Hamish Black said it
was a huge blow.
It was the things you can’t buy back,
like rugby jerseys, photos and trophies,
that were all potentially lost, he said.
— Newstalk ZB
Fire destroys clubrooms
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