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Bolt completes sprint double
27 Aug 2015 17:05
Usain Bolt stormed to the World Championship sprint double on a night when a runaway segway proved more problematic than Justin Gatlin.
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Four days on from riding to the rescue of his beleaguered sport in the 100 metres, the Jamaican attempted to make it four successive half-lap world crowns in Beijing.
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Gatlin, cast as athletics' number one villain, again stood in his way but once more failed to wrestle away gold as Bolt held strong down the home straight to win with a world-leading 19.55 seconds.
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The 29-year-old finished the 200m final an impressive 0.19 secs ahead of two-time drugs cheat Gatlin, whose comments in the build-up clearly irked the Jamaican sprint great.
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"It was never a doubt to me," Bolt said after the standard exuberant celebrations.
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"Maybe I doubt a lot of people, but I never doubt that I will win my 200 metres.
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"I wasn't worried. I knew I had to run the first 150 hard. After the first 150, I looked across and I could see that Justin Gatlin was tiring and then it was never a doubt I would win the race.
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"Why I really celebrated was because Justin Gatlin said earlier in the week that he was going to bring out something special for the 200 metres.
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"I was like 'yo, you don't talk about my 200 metres like that' so I had to prove to him that I am number one."
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Those celebrations were, as always, lapped up by the crowd, with some of the "crazy fans" trying to get closer to the 200m champion by jumping the barrier.
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They were swiftly ushered away by the stadium's heavy-handed security team, although they could not protect Bolt from an unusual threat.
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A TV cameraman was trailing Bolt's celebrations when the wheel of his segway rolled up on to a camera track, changing the vehicle's direction and taking the sprinter out from behind.
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There was an audible gasp inside the Bird's Nest as the double gold medallist was wiped out, but he quickly composed himself and allayed fears of any lasting impact afterwards.
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"It didn't actually hit me in my Achilles, it hit me in my calf area," Bolt confirmed to Press Association Sport.
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"It's alright, I will get over it.
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"Never a doubt (for the relays), never a doubt. I am just going to get it massaged, ice it up a bit and I should be fine."
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