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Bolt blitzes on

By Mark Etheridge

Phenomenal Usain Bolt once again proved unstoppable on the world’s athletics tracks as he blitzed to a meeting record of 19.57 seconds for the 200-metres at the final Golden League meeting of the season in Brussels, Belgium Friday night.

Bolt’s time obliterated the Van Damme Memorial Meeting record of 19.79, set by American Tyson Gay but was well off his 19.19 world record set in Berlin last week.

But for once it wasn’t ALL about Bolt as his fellow athletes Sanya Richards, Yelena Isinbayeva and Kenenisa Bekele shared the spoils of the $1-million jackpot for athletes who go unbeaten in the designated Golden League events.

American Richards powered to victory in the 400m (48.83sec), Russian Isinbayeva (who no-heighted at last month’s World Track and Field Championships in Berlin) won the pole vault in 4.70m before failing to beat her own newly set world record height┬á of 5.06m set in Zurich last week and then Ethiopia’s Bekele toyed with the field in the 5,000m to win in 12:55.31.

Each received $333,000 for their efforts in the final Golden League competition. The format changes next year and will be known as the Diamond League.

South African interest centred on newly crowned World 800m champion Mbualeni Mulaudzi but the Limpopo athlete never looked a winner as Kenya’s David Rudisha dominated to win in 1min 45.80sec. Rudisha took the field through halfway in 50.94 and the 600m in 1:19.32.

Muluadzi ended fifth in 1:47.15.

In the men’s 100m, Bolt’s Jamaican countryman Asafa Powell, ran the 56th sub-10sec 100m of his career as he took advantage of a slow start from Gay to win in 9.90. Gay was still good enough for second in 10.00.