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Usain Bolt Wins Third Consecutive 200-Meter World Championship

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Aug. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Usain Bolt of Jamaica won his third consecutive 200-meter title at the World Athletics Championships in a season-best time of 19.66 seconds.

The 26-year-old finished ahead of countryman Warren Weir and Curtis Mitchell of the U.S. in Moscow, beating the previous world best for the year of 19.73 seconds he set in Paris last month.

Bolt took the lead on the turn and pulled away before easing up ahead of the finish line. He set the world record of 19.19 seconds in winning the world title in Berlin in 2009 and won in a time of 19.40 seconds two years ago in Daegu, South Korea.

Bolt won the 100 meters six days ago and now has captured seven gold medals at the world championships. He may claim another tomorrow in the 4x100-meter relay.

Host Russia won two gold medals on the next-to-last day of the championships with Svetlana Shkolina winning the women’s high jump and Yulia Gushchina, Tatyana Firova, Kseniya Ryzhova and Antonina Krivoshapka taking the women’s 4x400-meter relay ahead of the U.S. and Great Britain.

American Brianna Rollins beat defending champion Sally Pearson of Australia in the women’s 100-meter hurdles, while Uganda’s Stephen Kiprotich added the men’s marathon world title to his Olympic championship.

Meseret Defar of Ethiopia won the gold medal in the women’s 5,000 meters and the Czech Republic’s Vitezslav Vesely took the men’s javelin world title.

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