Usain Bolt Wins Gold In 200 Meters Final, Repeating As Olympic Champ
Fri - August 10, 2012
Usain Bolt did not let anyone spoil his party.
Jamaica's Usain Bolt strikes his signature pose
Bolt's countryman and training partner, Yohan Blake, gave it his best shot. But, in the end, Bolt remains the guest of honor on the track at the London Olympics just as was in 2008 at the Beijing Games.
Running the 200 meters in a blistering 19.32 seconds, the 25-year-old Jamaican track star won his second consecutive gold medal in the event. Blake won the silver, crossing in 19.44 seconds, with the bronze going to Warren Weir, also of Jamaica, in a time of 19.84 seconds.
"It's what I came here to do," Bolt said after winning the 200 meters, via The New York Times. "I'm now a legend. I'm also the greatest athlete to live."
Bolt is the first man to win two Olympic titles in the 200. He's also the first man to twice sweep the 100 and the 200. And he's been telling us all week that he was going to pull it off.
After repeating as gold medalist in the 100 meters, Bolt let everyone know, including Blake, that he'd be taking the 200 as well.
"I've told Yohan Blake that 200 meters will be different, because that's my signature event," Bolt told reporters after winning his first gold medal at the London Olympics. "I'm not going to let him beat me again. I've said that to him already."
Blake's shock victory over Bolt in the 200 meters (and the 100) at the Jamaican Olympic Trials just weeks before the London Games began had every sprinter bound for London thinking they had a chance.
Even after finishing behind both Bolt and Blake in the 100 meter final, U.S. sprinter Justin Gatlin proclaimed that the rangy 6'5" world-record holder was "beatable."
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