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Usain Bolt claimed all the attention again with the fourth fastest 200 metres in history.
Because of a wet track and cold conditions at the Van Damme Memorial, Bolt never got close to his world record of 19.19 seconds in Berlin last month. But when it came to performing in bad conditions, nobody’s done better than his 19.57 yesterday.
With clouds overhead as black as the shirt he wore, Bolt didn’t have the perfect start but once he mastered the smooth curve on the brand-new Mondo track, it was as if he was racing alone.
Even if such times become mundane by his standards, all of the 50,000 fans braving the damp conditions and 16-degree C (61 F) cold in King Baudouin Stadium knew they saw something special.