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Bolt back on track in Daegu

Usain Bolt put his shock disqualification from the 100 metres final behind him to defend his 200m title at the World Championships in Daegu in stunning fashion.

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Bolt lost his 100m crown when he false-started in last Sunday’s final, but the Jamaican star was not about to make the same mistake twice.

The 25-year-old lived up to his promise not to put a stop to his pre-race antics, even exchanging a ‘fist bump’ with the young girl behind his block tasked with collecting his clothes.

But when the race got under way – Bolt being slowest out of the blocks – he was all business, for once running right through the line to stop the clock at 19.40 seconds, the third fastest of all time.

Only Michael Johnson and Bolt himself have ever run quicker, with the tailwind of 0.8 metres per second well inside the legal limit.

American Walter Dix claimed silver in 19.70s to add to his silver from the 100m, with France’s Christophe Lemaitre taking bronze with a national record of 19.80s.

A delighted Bolt said: “I’ve proved to the world that I’m still the best. I made a mistake in the 100m. If I hadn’t I would have won.

“I was out of shape but when I’m at championships it’s all business and I came here and I just did what I had to do.

“When I watched the hurdles race I saw there was positive wind and that’s a good sign so I decided to just come out there and run as hard as possible.

“Lane three was a bit tight for me. I always wish to run in an outside lane. I didn’t run a perfect corner. If I’d run a good corner I could have come in the straight and done much better. But I’m happy.”

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Bolt back on track in Daegu

Usain Bolt put his shock disqualification from the 100 metres final behind him to defend his 200m title at the World Championships in Daegu in stunning fashion.

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