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Bolt has redefined the boundaries of what was believed to be humanly possible. | BBC

ウサイン・ボルト、ジャマイカ、22才。

100メートル9秒58の世界新、200メートル19秒19の世界新。

NewTeeVee: “Usain Bolt Breaks Another World Record, and Footage Speeds Online” by Liz Gannes: 20 August 2009

Within a couple hours of Bolt crossing the finish line, more than 100 new uploads showed up in YouTube search. Generally taped off TV sets, the screen captures vary drastically in picture quality and commentator language. But by following a Twitter, Facebook, watercooler or TV mention, millions of us will know today to jump over to our video sites of choice and watch Bolt crush. For an under-appreciated sport like track and field, that’s pretty cool.

Unfortunately the official Berlin World Championships site has only a side-show video section, with daily highlight reels and interviews with the athletes. But thankfully, the International Association of Athletics Federations — or whoever they’ve sold the international TV rights to — don’t seem to be too interested in rapid-fire copyright takedown notices. So the videos on YouTube may just stay up.

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200m:

Usain Bolt – 19.19 NEW WORLD RECORD – 200 meter

BBC: “A new day, a new wonder” by Tom Fordyce: 20 August 2009

NYTimes: “Bolt Runs Away With Another One” by Christoper Clarey: 20 August 2009

The Guardian: “Usain Bolt a blur as he shatters records and our powers of description” by Anna Kessel: 20 August 2009

The Los Angeles Times: “Usain Bolt smashes world record in the 200” by Philip Hersh: 21 August 2009

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100m:

Usain Bolt 9.58 World Record (Full) [HD]

NYTimes: “Analysis – Bolt’s World Record Binge Shifts His Sport’s Limits” by Christoper Clarey: 17 August 2009

The Times: “Usain Bolt: how far and fast can we go?” by John Naish: 18 August 2009

The Guardian: “Usain Bolt has got superhuman speed” by John Regis: 18 August 2009

NPR: “Human Speed Limit? We’re Nowhere Near It“: 17 August 2009

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