Usain Bolt and Mo Farah light up the worlds with dominance
By Luke Phillips ,AFPMOSCOW -- Usain Bolt and Mo Farah gave international track and field just the boost it needed at the world championships after the sport's credibility was questioned following further doping scandals in the run-up to Moscow.
August 20, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
Bolt, seeking to become a sporting icon in the mould of Brazilian soccer player Pele and American boxer Muhammad Ali, underlined his incredible sprinting prowess by claiming double individual gold in the 100 and 200m, respectively his second and third world titles in the events.
The six-time Olympic gold medalist was untroubled in either race, clocking 9.77 and 19.66sec to win the sprints.
He then anchored the Jamaican team to gold in the 4x100m relay, his eight gold medals meaning he equaled the record held by retired American legends Carl Lewis and Michael Johnson, and still-active American women's 200m specialist Allyson Felix.
Bolt's teammate Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce also made history by becoming the first woman sprinter to win both the individual events (100/200m) and the 4x100m relay at a world championships.
It was the perfect tonic for track and field after pre-championship positive doping tests for, among many others, top sprinters Tyson Gay of the United States, and Jamaican duo Asafa Powell and Veronica Campbell-Brown.
Farah also lived up to his star billing by emulating Ethiopian long-distance king Kenenisa Bekele by adding double 5,000-10,000m gold to his similar exploits at last year's London Olympics.