Lightening strikes twice


By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser



Jamaica’s sensational sprinter Usain Bolt crowned himself King of the Sprint world when he blazed to victory in the 200 meters today, at the 29th Olympiads in Beijing, China with a world record time of 19.30 seconds; becoming only the second runner in 20 years to claim the sprint double.

He broke American Michael Johnson’s 12 year record of 19.32 seconds that was set at the Olympics in Atlanta in 1996. The 21 year old Bolt who turns 22 tomorrow, August 21st followed his breathtaking win in the 100 meters last Saturday where he also broke his own world record - to produce another amazing run as he cruised for an easy victory.

Bolt’s parents and girlfriend were on the scene to congratulate and celebrate with the master sprinter who was so elated after the win that he proceeded to do his signature reggae dance moves: the "gully creep" and "nineties rock" – before hugging Olivia "Babsy" Grange, Jamaica’s Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports.

For his birthday celebration tomorrow, Bolt said, "I will just be chillin" He thanked Jamaica and all sports fans saying his mom was right when she said he wanted to win the 200 meter race even more than the 100 meter.

Meanwhile another Jamaican Melaine Walker ran a superb race in the 400 meters hurdles to capture gold in an Olympic record time of 52.67 seconds as she destroyed the field in a sterling performance.

Pandemonium broke out in Melaine’s community on Wellington Road off Maxfield avenue in Kingston as people took to the streets to show their support for her incredible performance; showing a great deal of love and unity. Her mom, Jennifer Wilson is a very proud woman today and her sister told reporters, "A me win de gold… cause a mi sister dat!"

Another woman exclaimed, "Mi just want fe say Father God first and Melaine second!"

This proves that sports culture and entertainment can unite people in a positive way.

Jamaica now has 7 medals 4 gold and 3 silver.

Yardflex would like to congratulate both athletes for their outstanding achievements.