Bolt strikes 200m gold
Usain Bolt has successfully defended his 200m Olympic title
Usain Bolt secured the legendary status he craved by becoming the first man ever to win the Olympic sprint double twice in succession on an historic night in London.
Bolt's winning time of 19.32 seconds was outside his own world record of 19.19secs, and while millions would already consider him a legend for winning triple gold in Beijing and defending his 100m title here on Sunday, the Jamaican insisted he also had to retain his 200m title to achieve such status.
The 25-year-old became the first man to win the Olympic sprint double twice in succession with another imperious performance, leading a Jamaican clean sweep ahead of 100m silver medallist Yohan Blake and Warren Weir - both of whom are just 22 - in second and third place respectively.
After sealing the double-double, Bolt told BBC1: "This is what I wanted and I got it. I'm very proud of myself. I had a rough season, I came out here and I did what I had to do. We've been working hard all season. We pushed ourselves, we pushed each other and we're happy."
Asked if he could have had a world record, Bolt added: "I think it was possible...but I guess I wasn't fit enough. I was fast but I wasn't fit enough.
"I came off the corner, I could feel the strain on my back a little bit so I was trying to keep my form, but I stopped running because I knew it wasn't going to be a world record. When I came off the corner I could feel it.
"It was hard. I really dedicated [myself] to my work, I know what London meant to me. I came here and I gave it my all and I'm proud of myself.
"I didn't get a world record - I really wanted to do it in the 200m - but I'm happy."
Blake said: "Usain Bolt has been motivating me all season. Everything has been going good so far."
Third-placed Weir added: "It's a great honour to come here and do what the country wanted, to get the top three. The love in London is very, very good."
the best part is he is so calm and relaxed during the race
chats to everyone around
I admired the fact that he respected the national anthem stopping his interview ( though the interview continued with Yohan Blake) - Hats off to the legend
He has brought a whole lot of aura and expectation into the athletic events
I understand that time is of the essence, however how rude and disrespectful it was af the BBC commentator to try and continue his interview with the Jamaican winners during the playing of the Kenyan anthem, thank goodness that Bolt et al with all their bravado still know when to show respect and good manners by turning away and lowering their heads!
Well done Bolt. You are the best. You have not only made your family proud but you have made all Jamaicans proud and I am sure you have inspired young Jmaicans to walk in your footsteps.
Again well done Bolt!!!
He said he wouldn't consider himself a legend until he won the 200m.
Now... Usain Bolt you truly are a legend....Amazing result !!
They should have put our Harry up against him he would have give him a run for his money, ha ha. Joking apart. Many Congratulations Usain you are a true legend
Well done to others in the Jamaican team. So proud of all of you too.
Bolt, you are top notch dude! Top notch!! A true legend. Such an amazing sprinter, you have transformed the sport not only because of your amazing talent but your outgoing personality and vibes... Nice to see you talking to the volunteers and meeting fans.. Bwoy, so proud to be Jamaican.. Bob Marley would be proud to see so many united through love of this man and sports.. One love..
Well done guys..
Roy Oxley I so agree with you.. Lonely hearts or whatever you call yourselves, this is not the place for selling yourselves.. Please. go pan di damn datings sites, i'm sure there are many around!!!
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