The spotlight tends to be brighter when the risks are bigger. And, when it comes to Usain Bolt, the spotlight is the brightest.
After the title of the men’s 100-meter, he has won the title of the 200-meter too on Thursday night, August 9. For him, it took 19.32 seconds to cross the finishing line and after that, he entered the record book as the only man to win two Olympic titles in that event.
Bolt has repeated his own feat of achieving the titles of both 100 and 200-meter events. He did the same thing four years ago in 2008 Beijing Olympic. However, the only difference is that he broke the world records in the both events in 2008 Olympic.
Bolt’s training partner and compatriot Yohan Blake got the silver with 19.44 seconds timing while Warren Weir finished third with 19.84 seconds timing. American athlete Wallace Spearmon finished fourth and described Bolt as a man from another planet.
Bolt also did have enough energy to display his signature showmanship. He did five pushups, one for each of his five Olympic medals, bent down a kissed the track for twice within an interval of few minutes, took a camera from a photographer and trained it at the group clicking away.
Before heading to London, Bolt said that his goal was to become a ‘living legend’ in this London Olympic. Well, it has to be acknowledged that he has already made a solid case for himself in spite of Jacques Rogge’s feeling that the time has yet to come for making such resolves. Rogge, the President of the International Olympic Committee, also added that Bolt’s career could only be judged after his retirement. Rogge was the man who criticized Bolt four years ago for slapping the chest after finishing the race of 100-meter. While Rogge acknowledged Bolt as an icon, he thought the athlete needed three, four games to be called a legend.
Four years ago in Beijing Olympic, Bolt emerged as winner in all the events he took place – 100-meter, 200-meter, and 4X100 relay race – with world records. In this Olympic, he became the first athlete to win two gold in 200-meter, second athlete after Carl Lewis to win two consecutive gold in 100-meter. For four years, the 25-year-old athlete has been showing the unprecedented dominance in track & field, winning 7 of the last 8 major individual titles.
There were some doubts over Bolt before this Olympic given to his minor injuries in back and leg and his loss to Blake in both 100 and 200 meters at the Jamaican Olympic trials. However, Bolt has blown away all those doubts with his superb performance.
Netherland’s Churandy Martina, finished fifth on Thursday, aptly said that Bolt did all those things and now he could say whatever he wanted.