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Lightning Bolt makes giant leap

ATHLETICS: At 6ft 5in, Usain Bolt is taller than any of his 100m rivals, but what tells most crucially for him during races is his enormous stride.

The 21-year-old took just 41 strides to win the Olympic title in a world record time of 9.69sec, four fewer – on average – than the rest of the field.

Bolt took the initial, loping steps towards securing the first Olympic sprint double since Carl Lewis in 1984 when he cruised through his first-round 200 metres heat today.

He caught Nicaragua’s Juan Zeledon within about four strides before going on to ease home in 20.64 seconds, just behind Trinidad’s Sorillo Rondell.

Peelo finishes up in 20th place

SAILING: In the Laser Radial class, Ciara Peelo took 25th in race five, 18th in race eight and 10th in race 9 to finish 20th overall in the 2008 Olympic Regatta, exiting the competition at this stage.

In the Star class, Peter O'Leary and Stephen Milne took 12th in race five, 13th in race six and seven. With seven races now complete in the ten race Opening Series, O'Leary and Milne are 14th overall with 60 points, just eight points behind Italy in 10th place.

Lynch still in the hunt for success

EQUESTRIAN: Ireland’s sole show jumping representative, Denis Lynch, moved a step closer to the ultimate prize with another superb round from Lantinus at the Olympic equestrian stadium in Shatin, Hong Kong last night.

With the individuals going first in this opening round of the team competition, the Tipperary man was 11th into the ring and showed how it should be done, clearing the challenging 13-fence track picking up just a single time fault to add to the one collected in Friday’s first qualifier.

He was equal fourth on the leaderboard after yesterday’s action.