Bolt sets sights on 9.4 seconds for 100m

| 17/08/2009

(BBC): Triple Olympic champion Usain Bolt is targeting the 9.4 second barrier for the 100m after setting a new world record at the World Championships. The 22-year-old recorded a time of 9.58 seconds as he raced to a sensational victory in Berlin on Sunday.  Bolt shaved 0.11 off the time he set at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. "I think it will stop at 9.4 but you never know," said the Jamaican runner. "I don’t run for world records. I’ll just keep on working," said Bolt, who will also compete in the 200m.

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  1. anon1 says:

    Please allow me to add my congratulations to Mr. Usain Bolt, to all the local Jamacians and to the country of Jamaica as a whole. What he, and the Janaican athletics Association have accomplished is nothing short of phenominal. Having had the pleasure to attend the 2008 Olympics and watch Usain perform in Beijing, as well as our local athletes such as Ronald Forbes and Cydony Mothersill, as well as our young swimmers, you make me even more proud.

    A a fellow West Indian I am doubly proud of these accomplishments whether it is the old West Indies Cricket team that dominated the World cricket scene for so many years during my youth, The Douglas Wints, the Quarrie who was our first track and Field Champion, The Mike McCullam who was a dominamt World Champion in boxing or even the Jamacian bobsled team that ventured into a sport that everyone thought they had no buisness in.

    For far too long develouping countries such as Great Britain, Canada, France and USA have stolen out natural talent for the pittance of citizenship to Caribbean athletes from Puerto Rico, Cuba, Jamaica, Trinidad and other Caribbean Countries, yes including the Cayman Islands in the case of Kareem Street Thompson. These large Countries touted them as their own talent while depriveing the countries of their birth the same financial resources that they enjoyed, simply because they were the large dominant countries that controlled the resources in sports, thereby making it impossible for Caribbean athletes to have the facilities available to them in their own countries.

    I will never forget the case of disgraced Olympic Champoin Ben Johnson. No one ever knew that he was Jamacian until he was caught with steroid use. Until that time he was only known as Canadian sprint champion Ben Johnson. The day after he was caught, the press releases from the Canadian Athletics Association immediately changed their press releases to say " Jamacian born Ben Johnson. Nontheless Donivan Bailey is still only known as Canadian Olympic Champion although he is Jamacian by birth.

    It is a fact that Cayman also has world class athletes. I appeal to the Government, as I have to past Governments, to recognise this fact and to spend more money on the sporting associations and the Cayman Islands Olympic Committe to improve facilities for all sports. We spend millions of dollars each year promoting the financial industry and the tourism industry, nontheless the actual returns from these millions pales in comparison to the public relations success realised by Jamaica with success at one event such as this Track and Field Championships. So Government think outside the box on this one and divert a small portion of these funds to sports.

    Again congratulations to ALL West Indian countries that are able to show such dominance at such on world class playing field. May you all carry this success all the way to the 2012 Olympics in London. Oh yea, and stick to your country of birth and make your kimfolk proud to watch these events.

  2. "Concerned" says:

    Congratulations to Usain for not only making his homeland proud, but for other Caribbean countries, he has set a great standard.  May God continue to bless and guide him as he continues to set more records throughout his career.

    Maybe the Cayman Islands Government can extend and invitation to Mr. Bolt, to visit the Cayman Islands as a motivational speaker to our local Track & Field athletes, as I’m sure he’s become an inspiration and an icon to many around the world.  Just a thought, but hey it’s worth a try.


  3. Anonymous says:

    Yes that is a good point. No where else in the world have I ever heard of someone being born in a country, and not being considered that particular nationality. Quite hilarious, yet embarassing, how backwads Cayman is.

    As for the humor about his place of birth, it didn’t come across as humorous per say, which is how I can see some people will take it that you were being serious. However, everyone knows his nationality so to think to believe that it was meant as anything else apart from humour, is a bit silly. I did get a good laugh myself!

    • Anonymous says:

      "No where else in the world have I ever heard of someone being born in a country, and not being considered that particular nationality. Quite hilarious, yet embarassing, how backwads Cayman is".

      Well, it’s time you were educated. There are two systems used to determine citizenship at birth: jus soli (place of birth, regardless of citizenship of parents) and jus sanguinis where it is determined according to bloodline regardless of place of birth. Some countries apply a combination of the two systems. There are many countries in which citizenship is not gained merely by being born there, e.g. Italy where citizenship is conferred merely on the basis of place of birth only if the parents cannot transmit their nationality or are stateless.  

      Perhaps the hilarity can now subside and you can shed your embarrassment.   


      • Anonymous says:

        Perhaps you realize Cayman has changed its law over the years who has the right and who does not have the right to be Caymanian.  For instance, I had a friend who was born in Cayman, moved to the states, and wanted to move back (Her father was Caymanian and Mothers was from Guyana, she was born in the states).  They actually had her do a DNA test to see if she was her father’s child.  How crazy??  And if in 2004, you weren’t already Caymanian, you had to applyl to be Caymanian.


        A person is deemed to possess the right to beCaymanian, and to have that right acknowledged  in his or her passport, if:

        1. heis Caymanian as at 1 January 2004;

        2. he is Caymanian as of right (i.e. born on or after 1 January 2004, whether in or outside the Islands and at the date of whose birth at least one of his parents was settled in the Islands and was Caymanian).

        3. he is Caymanian by grant of the Caymanian Status & Permanent Residency Board under section 22 of the Immigration Law (2007 Revision)

        4. he has obtained the right to be Caymanian by entitlement;

        5. he has been granted the right to be Caymanian by the Governor-in-Cabinet.




        As you can see there are a lot of grey areas, moreso, if you live with your Caymanian parent until age of 18, you must APPLY to be a Caymanian or you lose your Caymanian status.  Go Figure!

        • Anonymous says:

          I think you are missing the point. The question was whether one should be entitled to citizenship (i.e. Caymanian status for these purposes) merely by the fact of being born in the Islands. The answer to that question is black and white, not grey. The question was not whether would acquire Caymanian status.  

          Regarding your friend, a DNA test would only be relevant if her parents were unmarried at the time of her birth.     

  4. Anonymous says:

    I got the joke and thought it was funny. hee hee


    People are wound up too tight now for jokes like that still. So in the future put a big smiley face or something to give them a hint! LOL!!!

    • Anonymous says:

      How can you be smiling when as I people we have been given a darn hard time. It’s a challenge being a Jamaican overseas because people tend to want to put us all in one barrel and label us as crmininals and evil. So "nutten nuh ded deh fih smile bout."

  5. Angry Caymanian says:

     To the imposter who stated this……..some of you people don’t have a sense of humor, i was the one who stated that Bolt was born in Cayman,everyone knows that  he was born in Jamaica


    Tell me why in the world would you want to start something that you cant even back up good?   Why do you want to turn us Caymanians against Jamaicans for?   

    I dont care where the H*ll Bolt was born I will always be a big fan of his no matter what!  As for Jamaican people I luv each and everyone of them…..we cant let one apple cant spoil the whole pot

    • Anonymous says:

      I was electrified by Bolt’s performance — and, as Sir Roger Bannister (who first broke the four -minute-mile barrier) said, it is so inspiring to see a youngman, from a small country, go out there and seeminly defy the laws of biology.

      I was so excited — an inspiration for us all.

      He is going to do so much more — and his gifts seem to be so unique that I am left with bated breath as to possibilities in the future.

  6. Anonymous says:

    some of you people don’t have a sense of humor, i was the one who stated that Bolt was born in Cayman,everyone knows that  he was born in Jamaica.I can defend and speak for the two  countries as i am of Jamaican and Caymanian descent……..i was jus being lite at heart………to Mr Usain Bolt the Caribbean loves you and we here in Cayman loves you also….everyone please relax and have a sense of humor!!!!

  7. frank rizzo says:

    Damn, he fast!!!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Stop and Google your information First Bolt was Born in Jamaica and not Cayman Get it straight.

    Bolt was born in Trelawny, Jamaica, on August 21, 1986. As a child, he was successful in the annual, national primary schools’ meeting for his parish, and enjoyed playing cricket, specialising in fast bowling. Upon his entry to William Knibb Memorial High School, his cricket coach noticed Bolt’s speed on the pitch and urged him to try track and field events. Pablo McNeil and Dwayne Barrett coached Bolt, encouraging him to focus his energy on improving his athletic abilities. The school had a history of athletic success with past students including Michael Green. Bolt won his first annual high school championships medal in 2001, winning the silver medal in the 200 metres with a time of 22.04 seconds.

  9. AJ says:

    Please let us not fight over where this young man was born or raised.  Let us all just be proud that he has gone so far and achieved so much through hard work and dedication.  And let him be a shinning example to those both young and old that dreams are not only for when you are sleeping.

    Congrats to Bolt!!!

    • Anonymous says:

      He is a Jamaican first and Jamaicans are proud of him. We will never ever disown him. He is Jamaican. I hate when people love what is good about Jamaica and try to claim it as Caribbean but when anything that is not so good is done by a Jamaican they want to cricuify ALL of us. The Caribbean never did anything to help Usain. He was born and bred, raised and trained in Jamaica. He is a Jamaican and it is something that we are proud of and we will claim it. He belongs to us. Thank you.

  10. Anonymous says:

    To all Jamaicans living in Cayman and around the world:: You all have it wrong……………according to Bolt’s birth certificate the Cayman Islands is listed as place of birth……so to Usain, Cayman loves you dearly and is very proud of you, see you soon!!

    • Anonymous says:

      IF he was born here, that doesn’t make him a Caymanian or any part of Cayman accoring to most Caymanians.

      Isn’t it funny how Caymanians use birth when they want someone to be from "Cayman" and then use call others "Paper Caymanians" when they aren’t useful to them?  

      Anyway, his birth certificate is from Jamacia, go view it here:

    • Anonymous says:

      LOL; I wonder how this happens, as his mother never left Jamaica prior to the 2008 Olympics

    • Anonymous says:

      Hey just letting you know according to the Cayman Islands law if you are born here and your mother is not a Cayman whether by birth or paper you are not a Caymanian.

      So instead of trying to claim something I am sure our Goverment did not want appreciate that Jamaica takes care of their own whether they are born there or not, a lesson all we proud born Caymanians should try and learn.

      Hey Jamiaca’s mooto is, "Out of many one people" and they live it.



  11. Anonymous says:

    It was no nice to watch this, as a Caymanian I was excited at the hope this young man inspires. The sky’s the limit!!!! He didnt come from any fancy beginnings and through natural talent, hard work and discipline he is doing it. I hope this encourages our youth to aim for the stars.

    Love it!!!


  12. Angry Caymanian says:

     As aCaymanian I want to congratulate Bolt, he is by far one of the greatest runners of all times.  Keep them talking Bolt we love you here in Cayman too.  You make the Caribbean people all proud of you!  ONE LUV!

  13. Baby Jesus loves some people says:

    Wow, what a race! Unprecedented in athletics history not just for Bolt’s WR but for the depth of quality times. The big question, of course, is whether or not any of the eight finalists were clean.

    • Anonymous says:

      Why is that the big question? Aren’t they routinely drug-tested? Are you implying that they were not?   

  14. Anonymous says:

    Thanks Usain for a great race. ALL JAMAICANS are proud of you. You have truly given us something to smile about regardless of the challenges we are experiencing at home. Proud to be Jamaican!!