2008 Beijing Games – Usain Bolt

Today in Performance Sneaker History: Usain Bolt Sets 200M Record in the Puma Complete Theseus II

It’s safe to say that the month of August is the month of Usain Bolt. Recently, he dominated the World Championships in Moscow, picking up a trifecta of gold medals in the 100M, 200M, and 4x100M events. But for Bolt, who’s one of the fastest men in the world, success in these events and gold in the month of August is nothing new. Historically, the oft-imitated sprinter has also had defining moments during August at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

Last week, Sneaker Report highlighted Bolt’s record breaking 100M win from August 16, 2008. Today, we flash back to August 20, 2008, where Bolt would not only add another gold medal to his resume, but shatter yet another record in the process. With a finish of 19.30 seconds, Usain Bolt became the first runner since the advent of electronic timing to hold both the 100M and 200M golds at the same time.

Furthermore, he was the first to break world records in both events at the same Olympic games. Just two days later, Bolt would help Jamaica win gold in the 4x100M relay, finishing the 2008 games with three golds. In 2012, at the London Olympics, Bolt once again repeated this feat with three golds in the same events.

Bolt’s spikes of choice were the gold-emblazoned Puma Complete Theseus II. This lightweight style was built specifically to withstand the rigors of the 100M and 200M events, providing just enough support and stability for the lightning-fast sprinter to finish comfortably. You won’t be able to find this exact Puma style nowadays, however the Bolt evoSpeed Sprint LTD is a comparable alternative for $140.

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