Bolt launches 200m bid
Aug 07 2012
Usain Bolt began his bid to add a second Olympic 200 metres crown to his two 100 metres titles with a hugely comfortable heat victory on Tuesday.
The Jamaican, who clocked an Olympic record 9.63 seconds to retain his 100m crown on Sunday, cruised to victory in 20.39secs. Bolt has said he needs to win 200m gold again before he achieves his aim of becoming a "legend".
"It was an easy run, I'm enjoying it, it's my favourite event," said Bolt. "It's getting pretty chilly. They say the weather should be good on Thursday [for the final] so we'll see."
Asked what he did to celebrate his 100m success, he said: "Nothing. I just chilled, met some friends and sat and talked."
Bolt's countryman and training partner Yohan Blake also breezed through, slowing down well before the line to clock 20.38s. Blake had to settle for silver in the 100m, but is out to deny Bolt a second gold, having beaten him over 200m at the Jamaican trials
France's Christophe Lemaitre went quicker than both Jamaicans in winning his heat in 20.34 and Bolt nodded in approval as he watched his rival's run on a TV screen. Welsh athlete Christian Malcolm went through in second place, clocking a time of 20.59. But James Ellington was unable to join him as he went out, finishing sixth in his heat in 21.23.
"I expected a little bit more, but I'm not an early morning person and the main thing is to qualify," said Malcolm.
Ellington said: "I don't know what happened. That is the slowest time I have run this year. No excuses, it is rubbish."
Blake, dubbed 'The Beast' because of his prodigious work ethic, said: "I did what my coach said and qualified. I'm feeling good, that's why they call me the beast. The track is fast. I appreciate anything is possible. The 100m taught me a lot and it's given me confidence. I love this event."
Asked whether he could beat Bolt, he said: "I'm not really focusing on beating him. I'm concentrating on running my race."
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