Although Bolt held the world record in the 100-meter dash prior to the 2012 Olympics, many were optimistic Yohan Blake may carry the title of the “fastest man” but to their utter surprise, Bolt not only solidified his status as the fastest man ever but as one of the greatest Olympians ever on Sunday 5th August at the London Olympics. In fact, he blew away his own record registered in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
If he wins the 200m final, he is bound to become the only man with two Olympic titles in the 200. Just as he opened the defense of his 100-meter title with a stress free-first round heat, he managed to do the same for the 200m first round heat. Isiah Young of the United States had lined up next to the speedster rejoiced all over the world and he acknowledged that, indeed, Usain is a legend in the making: "It was different. He's more experienced," said Young, the 22-year-old who finished third to advance to the semifinals. "He knows how to get through this round. I don't think he was all-out at all. I think he was in cruise control."
More than 12 hours after getting onto the podium to pick the 100m gold, Bolt returned to the track for the 200m heat. His training partner, Yohan Blake, also eased into the next round after clocking 20.38. Blake posed a threat to Usain’s legacy after the legend-in-the-making’s back-to-back losses to the former at Jamaica’s Olympics trials five weeks ago; scenarios that sparked off uncertainty into the lead up to the London Olympics. For his part, Blake feels he is in top shape and Bolt should watch out for him since, "The track is fast. Usain is really fast. But I'm in great shape," Blake said. "Anything is possible."
But from what has so far transpired, it is only a few mistakes that would offer Blake a chance to beat Bolt, like an unthinkable false start and disqualification on the 2011 World Championships. Already, Bolt has been through the first heat and awaits the semi final. So what rules is he bound to break that may have other competitors outstrip him of the 200m world title? Unlike his favorite cornhole game found here that is rather kind to players, the most theatrical for the sprint spectator and, arguably very unkind to the sprinters, is a false start. Once an athlete dares to move off the starting blocks before the gun has fired or within 0.10 sec of its firing, they are disqualified straight away. The other rare possibility is when an athlete runs out of their lane or, in one way or another, obstruct another athlete. Whatever the result of the 200m final, Bolt’s legacy has already been enhanced.