Lightning 'Bolt' set to strike again
His sidekick, Yohan Blake, is looking like the closest thing there is to a true challenger. Is there anyone in the Olympic 200-meter final Thursday night who can outsprint both of the Jamaicans to win the gold?
"Yeah, man. That's why we are racing," said Wallace Spearmon of the United States. "If they weren't beatable, they would just hand them medals, and we'd race for third."Actually, it's not outlandish to suggest the bronze is the only medal that's seemingly not destined for Bolt or Blake in the 200.
"There's a lot of people there who have come to spoil the party," Bolt said, "so we'll see." He's trying to become the first man with two Olympic titles in the 200, part of his oft-stated goal of becoming a "living legend" in London. As it is, Bolt already successfully defended his 100 title from the Beijing Olympics by winning that final Sunday in 9.63 seconds -- the second-fastest time in history -- to join Carl Lewis of the U.S. as the only men with consecutive golds in the dash.
Four years ago, he went 3 for 3, winning the 100, 200 and 4x100 relay, all in world-record time. He went on to break his marks in the two individual races at the 2009 world championships -- records that still stand, 9.58 in the 100 and 19.19 in the 200.