In which year did Usain Bolt set the world record for the men’s 200-metre sprint, and in which city did this happen?

In a breathtaking display of speed and skill, Usain Bolt placed his name in history during the 2009 IAAF World Championships in Athletics held in Berlin, Germany. It was on this grand stage that Bolt unleashed his lightning-fast prowess, obliterating the world record for the men’s 200-metre sprint. With astonishing power and grace, he blazed across the finish line in a mind-boggling time of 19.19 seconds, surpassing his own previous record of 19.30 seconds set at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Bolt’s jaw-dropping performance in Berlin left spectators and fellow athletes in utter awe. His unparalleled speed and unwavering determination propelled him to claim the gold medal in the 200 metres, solidifying his status as an athletic legend. The world watched in disbelief as Bolt rewrote the record books, pushing the boundaries of human achievement on the track.

The impact of Bolt’s historic feat extended far beyond the boundaries of athletics. His electrifying speed and magnetic personality captured the hearts of millions worldwide. Bolt became a symbol of inspiration, proving that with relentless dedication and unyielding spirit, dreams can be transformed into reality.

It is undeniable that Bolt’s record-breaking sprint in 2009 will forever be remembered in sports history. His remarkable achievement serves as a testament to the heights that can be reached through unwavering commitment and a burning desire to excel. Bolt’s legacy continues to shine brightly, inspiring generations of athletes to strive for greatness and embrace the power of human potential. However, will the record ever be broken? Only time will tell.

How many times did Usain Bolt break the world record for 100 metres?

Born in Montego Bay, Jamaica on August 21, 1986, Usain Bolt, a.k.a. ‘Lightning Bolt’, holds the current world record for the men’s 100 metres, 9.58 seconds, which he set during the final of the event at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Athletics Championships at the Olympiastadion in Berlin, Germany on August 16, 2009. At the time of writing, his record has stood for an unprecedented 13 years, 8 months and 11 days.

Of course, Bolt’s defeat of his two main rivals, American Tyson Gay – who ran 9.71 seconds or, in other words, the third fastest time in history – and compatriot Asafa Powell, in Berlin was not the first time he had broken his own world record for the 100 metres. He had previously done so exactly a year earlier, when winning the first of his three consecutive Olympic gold medals in the event at the National Stadium, a.k.a. the ‘Bird’s Nest’, in Beijing on August 16, 2008.

On that occasion, Bolt clocked 9.69 seconds, beating silver medallist Richard Thompson of Trinidad and Tobago by a margin of 0.20 seconds, despite ‘showboating’ for the final 20 metres and crossing the finish line with his arms wide open. In so doing, he shaved 0.03 seconds off his own world record, 9.72 seconds, which he had set at the Icahn Stadium in New York City during the Reebok Grand Prix on May 31, 2008.

In New York City, aged 21, and competing for the just the fifth time over 100 metres at senior level, Bolt defeated reigning world champion Tyson Gay and, in so doing, broke the previous world record, 9.74 seconds, set by Asafa Powell at the IAAF Grand Prix in Rieti, Italy on September 9, 2007.

Who holds the world record for the men’s high jump?

The world record for the men’s high jump was first ratified by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in 1912 and the current record – which, at the time of writing, has stood for nearly 30 years – still belongs to Cuban Javier Sotomayor Sanabria. Sotomayor first set a world record on September 8, 1988, just days before the Seoul Olympics, which were boycotted by his country. At the Helmantico Stadium in Salamanca, Spain, he cleared 2.43 metres at the second attempt, thereby beating the previous world record by one centimetre.

Less than a year later, at the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Championships at Estadio Sixto Escobar in San Juan, Puerto Rico on July 29, 1989, Sotomayor added another centimetre to his own world record, clearing 2.44 metres, again at the second attempt. Lo and behold, four years later, almost to the day – July 27, 1993, to be precise – he did so again, clearing 2.35 metres, again at the second attempt, to set the current world record.

In between times, Sotomayor won a gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona with a height of ‘just’ 2.34 metres. In fact, five jumpers, including the former world record holder Patrik Sjöberg of Sweden, who won the silver medal, cleared the winning height, but the Cuban was the only won to do so at the first attempt.

At the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Sotomayor qualified for the final but, after clearing 2.25 metres at the first attempt, failed three times at 2.32 metres and finished only twelfth behind American Charles Austin, who won the gold medal with a new Olympic record of 2.39 metres. However, four years later, at the age of 32, he won the silver medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, with a height of 2.32 metres.

Which are the three fillies to have won the Kentucky Derby?

Run annually, on the first Saturday in May, over a mile and a quarter at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, the Kentucky Derby is, of course, the first leg of the American Triple Crown. The race was established in 1875 and, although contested over a mile and a half until 1896, has been run without interruption ever since. Fillies receive a 5lb weight-for-sex allowance from colts but, even so, in 149 renewals of ‘The Run for the Roses’, just three have managed to beat their male counterparts.

The first to do so was Regret on May 8, 1915. Bred and owned by Harry Whitney, trained by James Rowe Sr. and well ridden by Joseph ‘Joe’ Notter, Regret made all the running and drew clear in the closing stages to win, eased down, by two lengths. According to Martin ‘Matt’ Winn, President of Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Derby ‘needed only a victory by Regret [who was based in New York] to create for us some coast-to-coast publicity, and Regret did not fail us.’

It was not until 65 years later, on May 3, 1980, that another filly won the Kentucky Derby. The filly in question was Genuine Risk, bred and owned by Diana Firestone, trained by LeRoy Jolley and ridden by Jacinto Vásquez. Settled early, Genuine Risk made ground approaching the half-mile marker and took command in the home straight, beating Rumbo by a length. She remains the only filly to finish in the money in all three Triple Crown races, subsequently finishing second, under controversial circumstances, in the Preakness Stakes and second again in the Belmont Stakes.

Last, but by no means least, on the short list of winning fillies is Winning Colors, who enjoyed her 15 minutes – or, rather, 2 minutes and 2.2 seconds – of fame on May 7, 1988. Owned by Eugene Klein, trained by Darrell Lukas and ridden by Gary Stevens, she, too, made all the running and held on grimly close home to win by a neck. She, too, contested the Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes, finishing third in behind Risen Star in the former, but unplaced behind the same rival in the latter.

Where, and when, did Shane Warne bowl ‘The Ball of the Century’?

The late Shane Warne, who died of a heart attack – caused by atherosclerosis, or narrowing of the arteries – on March 4, 2022, aged 52, was one of the finest bowlers in cricket history. He was credited with single-handedly resurrecting the ‘lost’ art of leg-spin bowling, which yielded 708 wickets in Test cricket and another 293 in One Day Internationals, at an average of 25.41 and 25.73, respectively.

Born in Upper Ferntree Gully, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, on September 13, 1969, Warne made an inauspicious Test debut, taking 1-150 off 45 overs in the first innings of a drawn match against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) in January, 1992. However, British cricket fans were given their first glimpse of the young Victorian when he made his Ashes debut, aged 23, in the first Test of the Australia tour of England at Old Trafford, Manchester on June 4, 1993. England won the toss and elected to field and, on day two, were 80-1 in pursuit of Australia’s first innings total of 289 all out, with captain Graham Gooch and Mike Gatting at the crease, when Warne came on to bowl from the Warwick Road End.

Gatting, renowned as a skilled player of spin, was on strike for what match commentator Richie Benaud, almost clairvoyantly, introduced as the ‘first ball in Test cricket in England for Shane Warne’. What followed was later described by Anil Kumble, the most successful Indian bowler in history, as ‘a perfect delivery for any legspinner, or any spinner for that matter’. The so-called ‘Ball of the Century’ drifted across Gatting, pitching, apparently harmlessly, well outside the leg stump, but ripped back two and half feet, past the outside edge, to clip the top of the off stump. A bewildered Gatting stood momentarily at the crease, oblivious to exactly what had happened, before consulting umpire Ken Palmer and trudging off.