Usain Bolt made history by repeating his double-gold medal winning feat of 4 years ago at Beijing by winning gold in tonight’s 200 metre men’s final with a time of 19m 32s which saw off his main rival, compatriot Yohan Blake who ran in 19m 44s to take silver.
There had been much talk going into the final over whether Bolt would be able to follow up his 100m success with gold in the 200, with some putting Blake as slight favourite due to his busier training schedule, which plays more of a role in success in the longer 200-metre race than the 100. However, Bolt pulled away ahead of Blake to comfortably win the race and, despite not managing to break either of the world records he set in 2008 the achievement will go down in history and make up for his disappointment in last year’s World Championships in Daegu where he was disqualified in the 100m final.
Bolt also became the first man to ever defend the 200 metres men’s title and his success was also the fifth Olympic gold medal of his career. The race was also significant as it resulted in the first ever Jamaican medal sweep in one event with the young Warren Weir finishing in bronze position with a time of 19m 84s.
The achievements add the latest historic chapter in the career of a man already deemed an Olympic legend at age 25.