“What Bolt has done, he’s made history. He added spirit to the sport. He danced for us in the introduction. He danced for us at the end. He put on a show. To me, I feel like, him and athletics is like Michael Phelps and swimming. He raised the bar for us in athletics.”
--Shawn Crawford, USA silver medal winner in the 200 meters.
Usain Bolt, already the Olympic champion and world record-holder in the 100 meters, ran the 200 meters in 19.30 seconds, breaking the world record by two-hundredths of a second. Bolt broke the world record of 19.32 seconds, set by the American Michael Johnson at the 1996 Atlanta Games. Bolt is the first to win gold in both the 100- and 200-meter events since Carl Lewis in 1984.
“I didn’t think I’d see under .30 in my lifetime. He’s a freak of nature."
--Renaldo Nehemiah, former Olympic gold medalist in the 100 hurdles.
“It was the most impressive athletic performance I have ever seen in my life.”
Excerpts from the New York Times 8/20/2008.