Exceptional, remarkable, LEGEND!
André Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter
No superlative adequately captures the performances of Jamaican sprinting sensation Usain Bolt, who last night became the first man to win consecutive sprint doubles at the Olympic Games, with a strong 19.32 run in the 200m final - leading home a historic Jamaican medal sweep in the event.
Yohan Blake continued to light up his first Olympic Games with a powerful 19.44 run for the silver medal, while Warren Weir - also in his first Olympic Games, held off a storming Wallace Spearmon of the United States (US), 19.90, to claim the bronze medal with a personal best 19.84. All three are trained by coach Glen Mills at the Racers Track Club.
History for Jamaica and for Bolt, who with the win, has cemented his spot among the greatest sprinters, athletes and sportsmen of all time.
"I am the greatest, no doubt about that, I am a legend," said Bolt, gold medal dangling from his neck and a broad smile stapled across his face. "I have done something that no one else has ever done, so it's without question that I am a legend.
"Bask in my glory, I am a legend," Bolt laughed. "There have been a lot of doubters who have been saying a lot; I have been through a lot, I have heard a lot, but for me I came here for one thing and after the 100m win, I was really confident I could win the 200m and I managed to do that."
It was the seventh time that a country was sweeping the men's 200m final with Jamaica becoming the first nation to achieve the feat besides the US.
The win, which gave Bolt his fourth individual Olympic sprint gold medal, also propelled the Jamaican above Olympic greats Jesse Owen and Carl Lewis, who won two and three individual gold medals in sprint events respectively. Add to that the two world records posted over the last two games and one Olympic record.
Bolt also became the most decorated male Jamaican Olympian with four individual medals, surpassing Herb McKenley and Arthur Wint, who won three each.
Blake, who was the first to praise his training partner after the win, said he did not execute his race as he would have wished, but believed Bolt was destined to win.
"I think I timed it a bit too late. When I came off the turn I saw Usain Bolt in front of me and said to myself that I had a lot of work to do," Blake said. "I think tonight was good, second place in my first Olympics, I can't complain.
"Tonight was Usain's time. I'm young and still have a lot of years ahead of me, so I am not too disappointed," Blake added.
Weir was ecstatic with the result, which came just one year after he made the switch from the sprint hurdles to the 200m because of injury issues.
"To come into the London Olympics and run in the 200m and run 19.84 after switching from the hurdles, coach Mills, your vision paid off and I thank you for everything," said Weir.
"It's an excellent feeling to know that we were able to do this for Jamaica and it's an amazing feeling for me to come out here and be a part of history," Weir added.
Jamaica's medal tally now moves to nine medals with the win; three gold, three silver and three bronze.