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Bolt retains 200m crown

posted 9 Aug 2012, 13:41 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 9 Aug 2012, 13:43 ]

Jamaica's Usain Bolt wins the 200 metres final to become the first athlete ever to win the 100m and 200m Olympic titles twice.

LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (JUNE 1, 2012) (REUTERS) - Jamaican Usain Bolt blitzed to an unprecedented Olympic sprint double-double when he retained his 200 metres title on Thursday (August 9).

Bolt matched his stunning Beijing 100 and 200 crowns four years ago by adding a second London Games gold to his imperious 100 victory on Sunday, clocking 19.32 seconds for victory.

Compatriot Yohan Blake won silver in 19.44 and Warren Weir completed a Jamaican podium sweep with bronze in 19.84.

Speaking to Reuters just before the Olympics started, Bolt made it clear there was only one thing on his mind.

"I only have one focus, and that's to become a legend," Bolt said. "And this is the year to do it and I'm going to get it done."

Bolt was disqualified from the the 100m final at the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea for a false start but he has insisted the experience no longer worries him ahead of a race.

"Because I wasn't a great starter, the start I thought would better my time so usually I focussed on getting a good start," he said. "But for some reason the more I focussed on it, the worse it got.

"So I sat down with my coach, my coach said 'Usain, at the Beijing Olympics you got 1.6 reaction and you won easily. At the world championship after that, you got 1.5 and you won easily. So stop worrying about the start. Just go out there and compete and just do what you got to do. That's the plan, forget the start and do it right."

Bolt can make it a historic double-treble if he can help Jamaica to winning the 4x100m relay on Saturday (August 11).