Bolt wins gold with fourth-fastest 200 time

Six days and a slow start later, Usain Bolt finally won gold at the world championships Saturday, running the fourth-fastest 200 meters in history to back up his showmanship with a stunning performance in Daegu, South Korea.

Bolt was slowest out of the blocks coming off his disqualification for a false start in the 100 final last Sunday, but drove through the bend and powered to the line in 19.40 seconds, just 0.21 seconds off the world record he set to win his first world title two years ago.

The Americans hauled in five medals to increase their total to 21, four more than Russia.

Allyson Felix and Sanya Richards-Ross led the women’s 1,600-meter team to gold, while Walter Dix wound up with silver, finishing 0.30 seconds behind Bolt. Danielle Carruthers and Dawn Harper couldn’t catch Sally Pearson in the 100 hurdles but still took silver and bronze.

The surprise of the night for the U.S. came when 21-year-old Matthew Centrowitz finished third in the 1,500 meters, less than a second behind winner Asbel Kiprop of Kenya.

In other finals, Sergey Bakulin of Russia won the 50-kilometer walk, Matthias De Zordo of Germany took the javelin title and Anna Chicherova of Russia beat two-time defending champion Blanka Vlasic of Croatia in the high jump.


NEFC: Phil Warren scored two touchdowns, including a 72-yard run, to lead the Southern Maine Raging Bulls (5-2) to a 30-18 victory over the Fairfield Ravens (2-5) at Portland.

Warren finished with 235 yards on the day while his brother, Charles, also found the end zone. Portland High alumn Jake Alexander had a 65-yard touchdown reception.


EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS: Bo McCalebb scored 27 points to lead Macedonia to a 72-58 upset of Greece in Siauliai, Lithuania.

The American-born guard orchestrated the win by tearing Greece apart with his drives to the basket, leaving both teams with 2-1 records in Group C.

Antonis Fotsis led Greece with 16 points. Ioannis Bourousis had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Greece, which fell apart in the fourth quarter.

Also Saturday, Finland won its first game at a European Championship since 1977 when it beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 92-64 behind Mikko Koivisto’s 17 points and a 34-18 third quarter.

WNBA: Sue Bird scored 15, Swin Cash had 14 points and 12 rebounds, and the Seattle Storm (19-13) earned a 70-60 win over the San Antonio Silver Stars (15-16) in San Antonio.

Lauren Jackson added 13 points for Seattle.


SPANISH VUELTA: Rein Taaramae of Cofidis won the 14th stage for his first victory in a major race and Bradley Wiggins extended his overall lead in a hard mountain leg.

Taaramae broke away in the final uphill push to finish the 109.2-mile run from Astorga to La Farrapona in 4 hours, 39 minutes, 1 seconds.

Wiggins is now seven seconds ahead of Sky teammate Christopher Froome, while third-place Bauke Mollema of Rabobank is 36 seconds off the pace.

Vicenzo Nibali fell behind on the last of three mountain passes and saw Wiggins’ advantage increase from 4 seconds to 1:25, dropping him from second to seventh.


MLS: Kyle Beckerman scored one goal and assisted on another by Chris Schuler in the first half to lead Real Salt Lake (12-7-6) to a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Union (8-7-10) in Sandy, Utah.

RSL was without starters Alvaro Saborio and Will Johnson while they are with their respective national teams, and Nat Borchers, who sat out because of a red card against Chivas USA last week. Beckerman put Salt Lake on the board in the 18th minute and Schuler made it 2-0 in the 26th.

The Union finally responded in the 30th minute when Sebastien Le Toux struck from the right side and finished off a cross from Justin Mapp by burying a right-footer.

— From staff and news services