London 2012

Bolt retains 200m title

Jamaican superstar follows up his 100m triumph with 200m glory

Last Updated: 10/08/12 5:53am

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Usain Bolt cemented his status as an Olympic legend by overcoming fellow Jamaican and training partner Yohan Blake to defend his 200 metres crown at London 2012.

Already considered a legend for winning triple gold in Beijing and defending his 100m title here on Sunday, Bolt insisted he needed to win his favourite event again in order to earn that status.

And the 25-year-old did just that as he became the first man ever to win the Olympic sprint double twice in succession, clocking a winning time of 19.32 seconds to lead a Jamaican clean sweep ahead of 100m silver medallist Blake and Warren Weir.

Bolt had lost to Blake over 100 and 200m at the Jamaican trials - and later underwent treatment on a stiff back which was causing hamstring problems - but gained sweet revenge over both distances in London, even having the time to raise a finger to his lips as he crossed the line on Thursday night.

That was jokingly directed at training partner Blake, who had been talking up his chances in Bolt's favourite event, and the winner said: "This is what I wanted and I got it. We've been working hard all season. We pushed ourselves, we pushed each other and we're happy."

Record attempt?

Asked about lowering the world record he set when winning the world title in Berlin in 2009, 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, who will team up with Bolt in the 4x100m relay, said: "Usain Bolt has been motivating me all season. Everything has been going good so far."

And the virtually unknown Weir added: "It's a great honour to come here and do what the country wanted, to get the top three."

Wallace Spearmon had to settle for fourth in a season's best of 19.90s.

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