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Usain Bolt wins 200-meter final

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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 day when Kenya's David Rudisha broke his own 800m world record, leaving the field trailing from the gun, and Britain's Nicola Adams became the first woman to win an Olympic boxing title.

 The sellout 80,000 attendance in the athletics stadium was matched at Wembley, where the biggest crowd for a women's Olympic soccer match saw the United States beat Japan 2-1 to claim their third straight Olympic gold.  Bolt's time equalled the fourth fastest ever run as he eased down in the last 30 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, and 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 4x100m victory on Saturday, in the last athletics event.
Rudisha had his eye on history from the gun on a warm, still night, becoming the first man under one minute 41 seconds.

 “I had no doubt about winning, but I was waiting for perfect conditions to break the record,” he said.

 London Games chief Sebastian Coe, himself a former 800m world record holder, added: “Instead of just doing enough to win the race, he wanted to do something extraordinary... Rudisha's run will go down in history as one of the greatest Olympic victories.” World record holder Ashton Eaton of the United States won the decathlon, comfortably ahead of compatriot Troy Hardee, and the Czech Barbora Spotakova claimed the women's javelin gold. (Source: Reuters)

  Comments - 10

  • Cyclops Friday, 10 August 2012 02:09 AM

    Definitely a bolt of lightening!

    john Friday, 10 August 2012 02:41 AM

    hard pratice,succede him!!!

    LankanFellow1 Friday, 10 August 2012 03:14 AM

    awesome..awsome..awsome...A great entertainment

    ground boy Friday, 10 August 2012 04:04 AM

    Extraordinary West Indian fest of faith.

    Fusion Friday, 10 August 2012 04:14 AM

    South Asia has a population of 1.5 billion, Jamaica has a population of less than 3 million, but the produces some of the greatest athletes even destroying the US domination of sprint events! Amazing! Simply amazing!

    Kondebandapucheena Friday, 10 August 2012 05:49 AM

    He coluld have break his own record,it was 3 lightening Jamacikans

    Nimal Friday, 10 August 2012 06:42 AM

    Well done Usian. It was a treat to watch your magnificient performance

    IHM Friday, 10 August 2012 06:39 AM

    Good Decision to move from Cricket to Track. "... but his cricket coach noticed Bolt's speed on the pitch and urged him to try track and field events." Wise people will guide people's based on their born talent. Bolt is lucky to get a good coach "Glen Mills".

    Gold,Silver,Bronze all to Jamaicans in 200, Superb...waiting to see 4*100 Relay.

    fellow Friday, 10 August 2012 10:36 AM

    A Tue Muslim...with good iman

    Jeevan Friday, 10 August 2012 04:10 PM

    Did you watch him putting cross before he competes? He is a true muslim indeed!

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