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Usain Bolt sprints into the hall of Olympics legends

Usain Bolt did what he was capable of with a swift run that shut off his closest challenge Yohan Blake to end a Jamaican clean sweep of the men's 200m

  • By Alaric Gomes, Senior Reporter
  • Published: 09:03 August 10, 2012

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Olympic Stadium, London:  By his own high standards, Usain Bolt did what he was capable of with a swift run that shut off his closest challenge Yohan Blake to end a Jamaican clean sweep of the men's 200m here late on Thursday.

As the crowd erupted to cheer the runners, Bolt turned to his left towards Blake and put a finger on his lips as he finished in a time of 19.32 secs.

Blake, who had threatened to upset the world and Olympic Champion during the build-up to the race, ended with silver in a time of 19.44 secs and countryman Warren Weir was placed third with 19.84secs.

The 200m always looked like a tussle between the three Jamaicans after they had won their respective heats on Wednesday.

The US is the only country that has made a clean sweep of the Olympic 200m on an incredible six occasions in the past - the last two times in Los Angeles and then in Athens.

In 1984, Carl Lewis led Kirk Baptiste and Thomas Jefferson for the clean sweep, while in 2004 it was Sean Crawford leading Bernard Williams and Justin Gatlin to victory.

And on Thursday night, the World and Olympic champion inscribed his name in this legendary line-up along with his countrymen Blake and Weir.

 

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