Bolt Wins Olympic 200m Gold Medal for Second Time – London Olympics 2012

(Reuters) – Usain Bolt surged to the Olympic 200 metres title on Thursday at the head of a Jamaican medal sweep to become the first man to win the 100 and 200m sprints at successive Games.

The race capped a historic night when Kenya’s David Rudisha broke his own 800m world record, leaving the field trailing from the gun to become the first man under 1 minute 41 seconds.

Bolt’s time equalled the fourth fastest ever run as he eased down in the last 10 metres, sensing that he was not on course to break his own world record. Silver went to his main rival and training partner Yohan Blake, bronze to Warren Weir.

“I knew it wasn’t going to be a world record when I came around the corner, I could feel it,” Bolt said. “I really wanted to try to get a world record in the 200 metres but it was harder than I think.”

Now unchallenged as the greatest sprinter of all time, Bolt could add a sixth gold medal if he can anchor Jamaica to a second successive Olympic 4×100m victory on Saturday, in the last athletics event.

Reuters

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