- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 4, 2011


Bolt powers Jamaica to world record in 400 relay

DAEGU, South Korea — In one whirlwind week, Usain Bolt turned the biggest disappointment of his career into another golden show capped with a world record even he didn’t think was within him.

After opening with a false start in 100 final last Sunday, Usain Bolt again produced the amazing in his closing race of the world championships - anchoring Jamaica to a world record in the 400-meter relay.

One day after winning gold in the 200, Bolt was devastating down the home stretch of the relay for a time of 37.04 seconds - the only world record in nine days of competition.

American Christian Taylor, 21, went from newcomer in the triple jump to the world champion. Tayor jumped a world-leading 58 feet, 11 1/4 inches for gold and held off defending champion Phillips Idowu, who finished with a leap of 58-3 3/4. American Will Claye jumped 57-5.

Mo Farah held off a late charge by Bernard Lagat of the United States to win the men’s 5,000 meters Sunday.

Farah had to settle for the silver in the 10,000 last weekend when he was overtaken by Jeilan Ibrahim of Ethiopia on the final stretch.

The surprise of the night for the U.S. on Saturday came when Matthew Centrowitz, 21, of Annapolis finished third in the 1,500 meters, less than a second behind winner Asbel Kiprop of Kenya.

Centrowitz drew inspiration from watching Jenny Barringer Simpson win the women’s 1,500 on Thursday.

“[She] made me think it was possible,” said Centrowitz, whose father was a two-time Olympian. “She set the tone.”


Watson stumbles, still leads Deutsch Bank Championship

NORTON, Mass. — Right when Bubba Watson was starting to pull away in the third round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, he lost control off the tee and made three bogeys in a five-hole stretch, then failed to get up-and-down for birdie from just behind the par-5 18th green. He still managed a 1-under 70 to take a one-shot lead into the final round of the second FedEx Cup playoff event.

Adam Scott (71) and Jason Day (67) were among five players in a tie for second.

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