Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest man, lived up to his billing and the world’s, on Thursday. He ran the 200 meters in 19.32 seconds to win his second gold medal of the London Games. His win gave him an historic sweep of the 100 and 200 meter track sprints.
He led a sweep of the medals by the Jamaicans as Yohan Blake took the silver and Warren Weir the bronze.
After his historic win, Bolt told reporters that he had accomplished what he set out for, to become a legend. He said everyone could bask in his glory. He became the first man in Olympic history to successfully defend both the 100 and 200 meter titles.
The triumph by Bolt also made him the first runner since Lasse Viren in 1976 to retain two titles. The Finnish long distance runner won the 5,000 and 10,000 meter runs in both the 1972 Games in Munich and the 1976 Games in Montreal.
He said that his win on Thursday was for all those who doubted him, all those that said he could not win. Carl Lewis, whose records Bolt surpassed with his defense of the two sprint titles, questioned the rapid success of Bolt in the Beijing Games of 2008. Lewis also said that the drug testing in Jamaica was not as rigorous as it needed to be.
Following the race, Bolt said he had no respect for Lewis. He said Lewis had disrespected him and was just looking for attention. Bolt announced he might not participate in the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro and is also considering skipping the world championships next August that will be held in Moscow.