London 2012: Athletics – Men’s 200m Final, Usain Bolt vs Yohan Blake live blog, updates
Can Usain Bolt win the 200m after winning gold in the 100m? (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Usain Bolt is on the quest for immortality as he chases gold in this morning’s Men’s 200m Final. We’ll have live coverage from 5:40am AEST, with the race to be run at 5:55am AEST.
No man has been able to successfully defend their Olympic 200m title.
Donald Quarrie (JAM) came close in 1980 when he finished with the bronze medal behind Pietro Mennea (ITA) by a tenth of a second, Carl Lewis (USA) won in L.A. but was pipped on the line by 0.04 seconds by Joseph DeLoach (USA) in Seoul 1988, while Shawn Crawford (USA) couldn’t back up his 2004 Athens gold medal when saw a Jamaican steam past him in world record time in Beijing.
Usain Bolt (JAM) broke the Olympic Record on Sunday night to remain the fastest sprinter in the world. It would seem the winner in this race will go mighty close, if not break it again.
Bolt looks the favourite in this race. His first round performance was effortless, cruising over the last 70m. Then in the semifinal, he jogged to the line again with about 40m to go, still clocking around 20.2 seconds.
If he wins, not only does he defend the 200m title, but he’ll be on track to defend the big three – 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay.
But, for those who have seen his team mate Yohan Blake (JAM) coming through the ranks in the last 12 months, will know he will be no easy pushover.
Blake has a personal best of 19.26 seconds. Yes, that’s right. His best is just 0.07 seconds behind the world recod from the World Championships in Berlin in 2009.
Blake pushed Bolt all the way in the Men’s 100m Final on Sunday night and also looked comfortable in his 200m heat and semifinal over the last couple of days.
Of the others, Christophe Lemaitre (FRA) has been called the “fastest white man in history”. Remember when Matt Shirvington had that tag? Yep, that’s right, it’s a stupid comment to make. His best is 19.80 seconds and will need some luck to go his way in order to win, but he will be a medal chance.
Churandy Martina (NED) has been right up there in the last few years and will be in the mix of the medals. He was the European 200m Champion a few weeks ago – a race Lemaitre didn’t run. His personal best is 19.94 and may need to lower that to be a chance.
While Wallace Spearmon (USA) has been in the medals in the World Championships three times, but yet to medal in an Olympics. He did finish in the bronze medal position in 2008. However was later disqualified for stepping out of the lane.
But in the finish, it looks as if it is Bolt vs. Blake. And this time, it could be Blake who could steal the thunder of Bolt…
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