2012 London Olympics: Usain Bolt Makes History Wining Both Races in Two Back-to-Back Olympic Games
Aug 09, 2012 09:39 PM EDT
London. - Jamaica's runner Usain Bolt, who won the gold medal in the men's 100 meter final last week, made history Thursday by winning for the second time the men's 200 meter final, becoming the first athlete to win the 100 and 200 meter races in two consecutive Olympic games.
Bolt, as his name suggests bolted across line seven, finishing the 200-meter length with a finger on his lips as he crossed the finish line in 19.32 seconds.
The podium appeared to be colored with Yellow and Green, the colors of the Jamaican flag as fellow Jamaican runners also won the remaining medals. 22-year-old Yohan Blake, who beat Bolt in the national trials, came in at 19.44 seconds bagging the silver, while Warren Weir, 22, came in at 19.84 taking home the bronze.
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On falling slightly short of breaking his own record of 19.19 in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Bolt told BBC Sports, "This is what I wanted and I got it. I'm very proud of myself...after a rough season I came out here and did it. I thought the world record was possible. I guess I was fast but not fit enough," referring to his back problems.
Silver medalist, Blake told The New York Times, "This is my first Olympics...I can't complain."
Last Sunday, 25-year-old Bolt defied time when he won the men's 100 meters final in a record-winning run of 9.63 seconds (Second fastest in the world). The Daily Mail UK deemed it as "greatest race of London 2012," and as the Jamaica Observer said of Bolt, "he was racing against the clock, not the competition."
This is Bolt's fifth Olympic gold medal, the most for any Jamaican runner. He will be up for a sixth one in the next 4x100 meter race in the coming days.
Bolt certainly had the final word when he told reporters at BBC Sports "I'm now a living legend...Now I am going to sit back, relax and think about what's next."