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Usain Bolt wins, sets new Bislett Games record. Foreigners had reason to celebrate following Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt’s 200-metre event win at Oslo’s Bislett Games, held Thursday evening. Bolt’s winning time of 19.79 beat the Games’ 17 year-old record of 19.82 held by Nambian sprinter Frankie Fredericks. “It was”, Bolt remarked, “a bit chilly, but it was a good race.” A Bislett Games record is not necessarily a world record, but 61 world records have been set in the Bislett Stadium. Sports Illustrated magazine (USA) has ranked the stadium sixth among the top 20 venues of the world’s sports arenas.

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Usain Bolt wins, sets new Bislett Games record

Published on Friday, 14th June, 2013 at 06:32 under the news category, by M. Michael Brady.

Foreigners had reason to celebrate following Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt’s 200-metre event win at Oslo’s Bislett Games, held Thursday evening.

Usain Bolt at Bislett Games (2011)
Usain Bolt at Bislett Games (2011)
Photo: Paal Sørensen/Wikimedia Commons


Bolt’s winning time of 19.79 beat the Games’ 17 year-old record of 19.82 held by Nambian sprinter Frankie Fredericks. “It was”, Bolt remarked, “a bit chilly, but it was a good race.”

A Bislett Games record is not necessarily a world record, but 61 world records have been set in the Bislett Stadium. Sports Illustrated magazine (USA) has ranked the stadium sixth among the top 20 venues of the world’s sports arenas.

Sebastian Coe, famed British middle-distance runner of the late 1970s and early 1980s put why that might be so best. He was interviewed on TV just before the Games started. Competing at Bislett was the experience of a lifetime in athletics, Coe observed, because “there’s no more knowledgeable a crowd anywhere in the world.” Indeed, Coe should know, as he set four world records at Bislett.

Part of the credit for the Bislett Games’ success goes to their very organisation, dreamed up nearly 50 years ago by Norwegian parliamentarian Arne Haukvik (1926-2002), long an enthusiastic supporter and leader of meets held in the stadium. After watching Australian runner Ron Clark best his own 10,000-metre record at a meet in the stadium in mid July 1965, Haukvik reasoned that the trend for records to be set in the stadium might be turned into a regular annual event.

The rest is history. The first Bislett Games were held in 1974, and 22 world records have been set in the stadium in the tougher climate of competitive athletics of our day since then.

The Games’ status has made them a media spectacle. Participating athletes were featured on radio, TV, and in the printed media for a week before the start on Thursday evening. The athletes enjoy the attention, of course. Usain Bolt, regard to be the fastest-ever human, pulled his best showmanship trick ever, entering the stadium just before the Games started driving an electric Formula 1 racing car. Understandably, he looks forward to returning next year.

This year’s Games also reflected the increasing multiculturalism of Norway aside from performances and the glitz of big meets,. Most significantly, the second-place sprinter behind Bolt was Norwegian sprinter Jaysuma Saidy Ndure, born in Gambia.



Published on Friday, 14th June, 2013 at 06:32 under the news category, by M. Michael Brady.

This post has the following tags: oslo, bislettgames, norwayathletics.





  
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