Bolt blazes to World Record at Reebok Grand Prix

05-31-2008

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NEW YORK - Usain Bolt of Jamaica is now the fastest man in the world. In front of a sell out crowd of 6,490, Bolt blazed his way to a 9.72 world record in the men's 100 meters late Saturday night at Icahn Stadium on Randall's Island in New York City.

The third event of USA Track & Field's 2008 Outdoor Visa Championship Series, the Reebok Grand Prix will be televised on Sunday, June 1, from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. ET on CBS.

Usain Bolted out of the blocks and was leading at the half-way point in the race of Digicel men's 100 meters. His surge over the final 50 meters propelled him to the finish line in 9.72 seconds (+1.7mps), besting the previous World record of 9.74 set by his countryman, Asafa Powell, in Rieti in 2007. Reigning World champion Tyson Gay took second place in 9.85 seconds and two-time World Outdoor 4x100m gold medalist Darvis Patton was third in 10.07. For his efforts, Bolt was named the Team USA Athlete of the Meet, presented by Visa.

With the meet pushed back an hour due to weather and an additional 45 minute delay half way through, the crowd's passion still was not dampened. The men's 100 meters was run 90 minutes behind the original schedule in front of a still-packed house.

2008 World Indoor 3,000m silver medalist Paul Koech of Kenya dominated the men's 3,000m steeplechase, running well ahead of the chase pack for the entire race, crossing the finish line in 8:01.85, the fastest time ever run on American soil and the fastest time ever run outside of Europe. The previous All-Comers record of 8:04.51 was set by Brahim Boulami (MAR) in 2002. Steve Slattery, the 2003 U.S. champion, was the runner-up in 8:28.21.

Reigning World champion Veronica Campbell-Brown surged in over the final meters to secure her victory in the Visa women's 100m, surpassing her own meet record in a world leading 10.91. 2006 NCAA Indoor champion Marshavet Hooker was a close second in a personal best 10.94 and 2005 World Outdoor 4x100m gold medalist Muna Lee, also running a personal best, was third in 10.97. Two-time World Outdoor medalist Lauryn Williams took fourth in 11.13 and 2007 World Outdoor triple gold medalist Allyson Felix was fifth with the same time.

Two-time World Outdoor medalist Wallace Spearmon won the NISSAN men's 200m in 20.07, the second fastest time in the world this year behind Tyson Gay's 20.00. Rodney Martin, who took fourth in the 200m at the 2007 World Outdoor Championships, was the runner-up in 20.30. On the women's side, 2008 NCAA Indoor champion Bianca Knight ran to victory in 22.43 with 2007 World Outdoor 100m bronze medalist Carmelita Jeter second in 22.65. 2006 NCAA Indoor and Outdoor champion Shalonda Solomon was third in 22.68.

2006 NCAA quadruple champion Xavier Carter won the Reebok men's 400m in a meet record 44.70 with 2006 World Junior champion Renny Quow of Trinidad and Tobago the runner-up in 45.04. 2008 U.S. Indoor champion David Neville was third in 45.33.

Sanya Richards, the #1 ranked 400m runner in the world, won the Nutrilite women's 400m in a meet record 50.04, the third fastest time in the world so far this year. 2007 World Outdoor bronze medalist Novlene Williams was the runner-up in 50.70. 2007 World Outdoor 4x400m gold medalist Mary Wineberg was third in 50.93.

Reigning World Outdoor champion Kerron Clement held off a late charge in the Reebok men's 400-meter hurdles, striding down the final straight to win the race in 48.40. Two-time Olympic medalist Danny McFarlane of Jamaica was the runner-up in 48.95 and 2007 NCAA champion Michael Tinsley was third in 49.25.

2005 World Outdoor silver medalist Lashinda Demus went out hard in the Reebok women's 400-meter hurdles and led the race wire-to-wire, winning the race in a meet record 55.17. Shevon Stoddart of Jamaica was the runner-up in 55.54 with 2007 U.S. Outdoor champion Tiffany Ross-Williams was third in 55.78.

The men's discus throw was a battle between two-time U.S. champion Ian Waltz and 2004 Olympic Trials champion Jarred Rome. Waltz took the lead on his fourth throw (65.61m/215-3), which Rome surpassed on his fifth throw (65.65m/215-5). Waltz was able to bounce back from a foul on his fifth throw and win the competition with his final toss of 66.17m/217-1. Rome took second with 65.65m/215-5 and 2007 U.S. champion Michael Robertson was third with 65.19m/213-10.

Two-time World Indoor champion Christian Cantwell took the early lead in the Visa men's shot put with his first throw of 20.61m/67-7.5. His lead was short lived as reigning World Outdoor champion Reese Hoffa overtook Cantwell on his second throw with a put of 20.77m/68-1.75 and cemented his win with his fourth heave of 21.29m/69-10.25. Cantwell was second with 20.91m/68-7.25 and two-time Olympic silver medalist Adam Nelson was third with a mark of 20.83m/68-4.25.

In the Metro men's 800m, 2008 World Indoor bronze medalist Yusuf Kamel set a meet record winning in 1:45.53. Four-time U.S. Outdoor champion Khadevis Robinson was the runner-up in 1:45.55, the fastest time by an American so far this year.

2006 U.S. Outdoor champion Lauren Fleshman became the eighth fastest American ever in winning the Reebok women's 5,000m in a personal best 14:58.48. 2004 Olympian Kim Smith (NZL) was second in 15:03.83.

Two-time Olympic silver medalist Terrence Trammell shot out of the blocks and led wire-to-wire in winning the men's 110m hurdles in 13.11. 2006 NCAA champion Aries Merritt was the runner-up in 13.24 with Antwon Hicks third in 13.37 and 2007 World Outdoor bronze medalist David Payne fourth in 13.38.Reigning Olympic and World champion Liu Xiang withdrew from the competition due to a tight hamstring.

2008 World Indoor silver medalist Jenn Stuczynski won the women's pole vault with her clearance at 4.80m/15-9. Lacy Janson was the runner-up, Jillian Schwartz was third and April Steiner fourth, all at 4.55m/14-11.

Also at the track, Erin Donohue, winner of the Reebok women's 800m at the adidas Track Classic, took third this week in the women's 800 running 2:02.04. Former Oregon standout Britney Henry won the women's hammer throw with a best effort of 66.73m/218-11.

Amy Mortimer was the top American finisher in the NYRR women's 1,500m, crossing the line in third in 4:07.62. 2005 U.S. Outdoor champion won the women's discus throw on her last attempt with a toss of 63.70m/209-00. 2007 NCAA Outdoor champion Lopez Lomong took the lead with 250m to go in the Reebok men's 1,500m and held on for the win in 3:37.81.

For more information and complete results, visit www.visachampionshipseries.com.