Bolt strikes again and makes history

Warren Weir
Bolt and Blake

He did it again. Usain Bolt won another gold at the 2012 London Olympics, this time in the 200 meters with a 2012 world-best time of 19.32 seconds.

Silver went to his countryman, Yohan Blake, 22, with a time of 19.44 and fellow Jamaican Warren Weir won the bronze.

U.S. champion Wallace Spearmon, 27, was in fourth place.

With the unprecedented achievement with gold medals in the 100 and 200 meters in two successive Olympics, Usain Bolt has cemented his legacy as the greatest sprinter in history.

Although he didn't threaten his world record of 19.19 he might have been closer to that mark if he hadn't let up just a little on his last three strides.

After the race, he posed for the cameras and hugged Blake.

Bolt was chasing history. In the 100, he became just the second man to win back-to-back golds, and the first to finish the race in first place in back-to-back Olympic 100s. Carl Lewis took gold in 1984 and 1988, but in '88 was elevated to first only after Ben Johnson was disqualified for doping.

Bolt knows how to work the room and entertain an audience with his commentary and has always said that the 200 meters is his favorite race.

"For me, it's always going to be about the 200 meters," he has said. I've really dedicated a lot of time to it. It's become easy to me."

Bolt proved that he was ready to run very fast with his 9.63 seconds, a mere .05 off his world record of 9.58 seconds, as he took the gold medal in the 100 meters Sunday.
Bolt came in as the defending Olympic champion and world record holder in the 200, and he had run six of the 10 fastest 200-meter races in history.

Blake, 22, who was second to Bolt in the 100 Sunday, last year, ran the second-fastest 200-meter race in history - 19.26.

Blake beat Bolt in the 200 at the Jamaican Olympic trials, but Bolt announced after winning the 100 Sunday that he would not let Blake beat him in London.
As usual, Bolt was a man of his words, and proved that lightning can strike twice in the same place.

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