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Bolt sets record in 200

August 20, 2009

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Jamaica’s Usain Bolt celebrates after setting a world record in the men’s 200 meters at the World Championships on Thursday in Berlin.

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt celebrates after setting a world record in the men’s 200 meters at the World Championships on Thursday in Berlin.

— Usain Bolt startled the world again.

The Jamaican sprinting great captured the 200-meter gold medal in 19.19 seconds Thursday, yet another world record.

His time in the 200 slashed 0.11 seconds off the mark he set last year at the Beijing Olympics and came four days after he broke his 100 record by the same margin.

“I am on my way to being a legend,” said Bolt, who gritted his teeth and pointed to the clock as soon as his time flashed.

No one among the near capacity crowd at the 70,000-seat Olympic Stadium disagreed.

“If Queen Elizabeth knighthooded me and I would get the title Sir Usain Bolt, that would be very nice,” Bolt said.

Bolt is now 5 for 5 in major sprint events. He won the gold in the 100, 200 and sprint relay in Beijing’s Bird Nest, each time with a world record. Now he is one race away from doing likewise in Berlin.

“I was running my heart out,” Bolt said. “I got my start right and that was the key.”

Alonso Edward of Panama was second, a distant 0.62 seconds behind Bolt. Wallace Spearmon of the United States took bronze.

“Just coming out there, I’m just waiting for the lights to flash ‘game over,’ ’cause I felt like I was in a video game,” said Shawn Crawford, who finished fourth. “That guy was moving — fast.”

Bolt’s spirits got a boost before the start when teammate Melaine Walker added the world title to her Olympic gold in the women’s 400 hurdles, another success for the Caribbean island with outsized performances at the championships.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

OSU sets ticket record

Stillwater, Okla. — Oklahoma State’s football team has set a record for season ticket sales.

School officials say the number of tickets sold moved past the 40,000 mark on Thursday morning, clearing last year’s record total of 39,976. More than 32,300 season tickets have been sold to the general public, with the rest going to OSU students.

The record totals come after a controversial decision by athletic director Mike Holder last year to make tickets to certain premium games available only through the season package.

For this season, tickets to the Sept. 5 season opener against Georgia are only available with a season ticket.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

Judge consolidates trial

Louisville, Ky. — A judge has ruled that a former Kentucky high school football coach should face one trial on charges of reckless homicide and wanton endangerment in the death of one of his players.

Jefferson Circuit Judge Susan Schultz Gibson on Thursday also said attorneys for David Jason Stinson would need to ask for a delay in the scheduled Aug. 31 trial if they need more time to prepare their case. Stinson has pleaded not guilty to both charges.

Both charges relate to the August 23, 2008, death of 15-year-old Pleasure Ridge Park High School lineman Max Gilpin. Gilpin had collapsed at a football practice three days earlier.

One of Stinson’s attorneys, Alex Dathorne, said the defense is ready for trial.

GOLF

Three share Wyndham lead

Greensboro, N.C. — With thunder booming, Chez Reavie rushed to hit the 15-foot putt that would have left him alone atop the Wyndham Championship leaderboard. After a long weather delay, Reavie returned to the green and tapped in a 1-footer to close out a 64. He wound up sharing the early lead with former champion Brandt Snedeker and Ryan Moore on Thursday during a suspended first round.

Justin Rose, Kevin Streelman and Colt Knost were one stroke back at 65, with Chris Riley also at 5 under through 14 holes. U.S. President’s Cup captain Fred Couples and John Daly were among the eight who shot 66. Steve Elkington joined them at 4 under through 14 holes.

Bryant tops Tradition

Sunriver, Ore. — Brad Bryant matched a tournament record with a 10-under 62 in the first round of the Jeld-Wen Tradition at Crosswater Golf Club in central Oregon. Bryant had 11 birdies and one bogey for a three-shot lead Thursday in the fourth of five majors this year on the Champions Tour. Loren Roberts shot a 65, while Tom Watson and Tom Lehman each had 67s as temperatures hovered in the upper 90s on the scenic 7,533-yard course.

BASEBALL

Mets release Hernandez

New York — The Mets have released struggling right-hander Livan Hernandez to clear roster space for former closer Billy Wagner, who has made a quick recovery from elbow surgery.

Hernandez (7-8) allowed six earned runs in a 10-1 loss to San Francisco on Monday, the latest in a string of poor outings for the 34-year-old former World Series MVP. Hernandez had a 5.47 ERA this season, and the Mets were 2-10 in his last 12 starts.

Nationals name GM

Washington — After 51⁄2 months of doing the work of Washington’s general manager — including signing No. 1 overall draft pick Stephen Strasburg to a record deal just a few days ago — Mike Rizzo is getting the big title, too. Rizzo, the acting general manager since spring training, was still technically an assistant GM. Now he will be the team’s GM and senior vice president of baseball operations.

TENNIS

Federer reaches quarters

Mason, Ohio — Roger Federer struggled in blustery conditions Thursday against a player he has dominated throughout his career. A 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Spain’s David Ferrer put him in the quarterfinals of the Cincinnati Masters.

Serena cruises in Toronto

Toronto — Serena Williams cruised past Ukraine’s Alona Bondarenko, 6-1, 6-4, on Thursday to advance to the Rogers Cup quarterfinals, two days after sister Venus Williams fell to Kateryna Bondarenko.

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