A lightning Bolt strikes New York City

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Usain Bolt, of Jamaica, kneels by the timing board showing his new world record of 9.72 seconds in the 100 meter spring at the Reebok Grand Prix athletics meet Saturday, May 31, 2008 at Icahn Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin)

For all the thunderstorms that slammed New York City's Icahn Stadium this evening, the fans that did stick around until late tonight were richly rewarded.

Though I wasn't watching the TV telecast, it just crossed the AP wires that Jamaican star (and Penn Relays veteran) Usain Bolt has set a new world record in the 100-meter sprint at the Reebok Grand Prix.

Borrowing the AP copy because I'm about to go to sleep:

The Jamaican sprinter, who doesn't even consider the 100 meters his best race, set the world record Saturday night with a time of 9.72 seconds at the Reebok Grand Prix, .02 seconds faster than the old record held by his countryman, Asafa Powell.

Read the full story here, and check out more photos from Bolt's run in the gallery.

UPDATE: I found the video on YouTube. The race took place after ESPN2 had gone off the air, but the world feed that went out on Eurosport and elsewhere kept going.

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