Usain Bolt Wins 200m World Title, Gets Redemption From 100m False Start

With 100m false start behind him, Bolt wins 200m gold (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Usain Bolt made up for his infamous false start in the 100 meters earlier in the IAAF World Championships with a win on Saturday in the 200 meters.

Unlike his casual pre-race demeanor, Bolt was all business when the gun went off, getting a good start and quickly making up the stagger on Walter Dix on his inside.  By the 100 meter mark, the double world record holder had the race in hand.

Bolt finished in a time of 19.40 seconds, the fourth-fastest mark of all-time behind his own performances at the Bejing Olympics and Berlin World Championships and Michael Johnson’s 19.32 at the 1996 Olympics.

“I proved to the world I’m still the best,” Bolt said.  “I made a mistake in the 100 meters.  If I didn’t I would’ve won without a doubt.”

Dix of the U.S. was second in 19.70 seconds. He was also the runner-up in the 100 meters earlier in the championships.

France’s Christophe Lemaitre took bronze in a time of 19.80 seconds, smashing his previous personal best of 20.16 seconds.

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