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This Happened — August 16: Usain Bolt Breaks Own World Record

Usain Bolt sets a new world record of 9.58 seconds for the 100-meter dash on this day in 2009.

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Who is Usain Bolt?

Usain Bolt is a Jamaican former sprinter and widely regarded as one of the greatest sprinters in the history of athletics. He specialized in the 100-meter and 200-meter events, and has won a total of eight olympic gold medals and eleven world championship gold medals.

Where did Usain Bolt set the world record?

Usain Bolt set the world record for the 100-meter dash at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, Germany, during the 2009 Athletics World Championships.

Who held the previous world record?

The previous world record was held by Usain Bolt himself. He had set it a year earlier, in 2008, at the Beijing Olympics with a time of 9.69 seconds.

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FOCUS: Russia-Ukraine War

Why Poland's Break With Ukraine Weakens All Enemies Of Russia — Starting With Poland

Poland’s decision to stop sending weapons to Ukraine is being driven by the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party's short-term electoral calculus. Yet the long-term effects on the world stage could deeply undermine the united NATO front against Russia, and the entire Western coalition.

Photo of ​Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky with Polish President Andrzej Duda in Lutsk, Ukraine, on July 9

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky with Polish President Andrzej Duda in Lutsk, Ukraine, on July 9

Bartosz T. Wieliński

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WARSAW — Poland has now moved from being the country that was most loudly demanding that arms be sent to Ukraine, to a country that has suddenly announced it was withholding military aid. Even if Poland's actions won't match Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki’s words, the government has damaged the standing of our country in the region, and in NATO.

“We are no longer providing arms to Ukraine, because we are now arming Poland,” the prime minister declared on Polsat news on Wednesday evening. He didn’t specify which type of arms he was referring to, but his statement was quickly spread on social media by leading figures of the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party.

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When news that Poland would be withholding arms to Ukraine made their way to the headlines of the most important international media outlets, no politician from PiS stepped in to refute the prime minister’s statement. Which means that Morawiecki said exactly what he meant to say.

The era of tight Polish-Ukrainian collaboration, militarily and politically, has thus come to an end.

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