Aug. 20, 2009
BERLIN, Germany (Seminoles.com) –
Usain Bolt may have picked up another world record on Thursday but Florida State’s Charles Clark gained some valuable experience on the world stage as the senior finished sixth in the 200-meter final Thursday in Berlin. Clark ran a 20.39 in the event finishing behind Bolt’s record-setting 19.19 and four other sub-20 second times.
Bolt took control of the race right away as he nearly reached the turn before Shawn Crawford in the outside lane did and cruised down the homestretch for the world record-breaking time. Bolt was followed by Panama’s Alonso Edward who ran a 19.81, followed by a pair of Americans who each set season bests. Wallace Spearmon ran a 19.85 for the bronze medal, while Crawford clocked a 19.89 for fourth. Jamaica’s Shawn Mullings finished fifth in a time of 19.98 for a personal best.
Clark set a season best on Wednesday when he ran a 20.27 in the semifinal round but was unable to reach that mark on Thursday but held his own with a 20.39.