Usain Bolt proved once again that no track athlete can touch him at the Olympic Games. Bolt won the men’s 200-metre event on Thursday, clocking in a time of 19.32 seconds to lead a Jamaican sweep. It wasn’t just another gold medal for Bolt. The 25-year-old star set two historic marks en route to his fifth career gold.
He becomes the first man to ever win the 200 at consecutive Olympics, and is the only athlete to sweep the 100 and 200 events at back-to-back Games. “Bask in my glory,” Bolt proclaimed. “I’ve got nothing left to prove. I’ve done something that no one has done before, which is defend my double title. Back-to-back for me, I would say I’m the greatest.”
Two other Jamaicans joined Bolt in the top three. Yohan Blake finished second in 19.44, with Warren Weir taking bronze at 19.84. Bolt, the 200 world-record holder, has never tasted defeat at the Olympics, going a perfect five-for-five in all of his events — a number he celebrated by performing five push-ups a few metres past the finish line.
He defended his 100-metre title on Sunday in an Olympic record 9.63. “The guy is just on another planet right now,” said American Wallace Spearmon, who finished fourth in 19.90.
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