BOLT STRIKES AGAIN!!


BOLT MAKES OLYMPIC HISTORY!!
1st man in Olympic history to retain both the 100 and 200m Titles at Two Olympic Games!!



The much anticipated men's 200 meter final was one of the most exciting races of the games as Usain Bolt of Jamaica made history by becoming the first man to complete the 100-200 meter double in consecutive Olympic Games. It was a Jamaican sweep as Bolt (19.32), Yohan Blake (19.44), and Warren Weir (19.84) blew the field away in the final homestretch where the teammates took gold, silver, and bronze, each running either a season's best or a personal best. Wallace Spearman of the US came in a close fourth place with a season's best of 19.90. 

Bolt Quotes

On the race:

"I did what I wanted. I came out of a rough season and I did what I had to do."

On winning gold:
"It's what I came here to do. I'm now a legend, I'm also the greatest athlete to live. I am in the same category as Michael JOHNSON (USA). I'm honoured. It's all about Michael JOHNSON for me. I grew up watching him break world records. He's a great athlete."

"The 200m was harder than I expected. I could feel the pressure coming off the bend and that's when I had to focus. It's all about the 4x100m now, to have some fun and go out there and do our best."

"It's wonderful. Jamaica has proven that we are the greatest sprint country."

"I've got nothing left to prove. I've showed the world I'm the best and, right now, I just want to enjoy myself."

"This is my moment. I'll never forget this. Lane seven has been good to me these past couple of days."

On backing up from the 100m win to take gold in the 200m:
"I know my coach is going crazy now. We worked on it the whole season. He pushed us very hard."

On whether it would have been possible to break the 200m world record:
"I knew it would be possible. I came off the corner but I was not quick enough. I could feel the strain in my back a bit."

On coming back after a difficult year:
"It was hard for me, it was hard. I'm really dedicated to my work. I knew what London (Olympic Games) meant and I'm proud of myself."

On his message to his fans:
"If I started thanking all the people I have to thank I would be here all year. But I would like to thank my management staff, fans in Jamaica and in Kingston."

Spearmon 4th



Spearmon Quotes
On the result:

"Congratulations to those guys (the three Jamaican medallists), they were superb. Thank you to everyone who has supported me. I am going to go home and work harder. I'm sorry I let everyone down."

"Those guys are on another planet right now, congratulations."

"You have your good days, you have your bad days, you have these days. It wasn't my best race, it wasn't my worst race. It just wasn't my day."

"There was never a doubt in my mind that I wouldn't finish in the top three. Right now it is just surreal, congratulations to them, I just have to work harder."

On finishing under 20 seconds but not winning a medal:
"It's not the first time it has happened. People have run sub-20 seconds before and not got a medal, it has just not happened to me before."



Final Results:
Final
Wind (m/s): +0.4
Official

Rk Bib Athlete Mark   +
1 2170 Jamaica BOLT Usain 19.32 SB +
2 2169 Jamaica BLAKE Yohan 19.44 SB +
3 2191 Jamaica WEIR Warren 19.84 PB +
4 3253 United States of America SPEARMON Wallace 19.90 SB +
5 2547 Netherlands MARTINA Churandy 20.00   +
6 1759 France LEMAITRE Christophe 20.19   +
7 1576 Ecuador QUINONEZ Alex 20.57   +
8 2783 South Africa JOBODWANA Anaso 20.69






Semi-Final Live Updates:
Bolt Back at It!


Heat 1 - Yohan Blake the "beast" owned heat 1 as he just edged out USA's 200m susperstar Wallace Spearman to win the first heat in a close 20.01. Wallace followed him in the next qualfiying spot in 20.02.

Heat 2 - Usain Bolt followed his training partner in heat 2, had an excellent start and was able to cruise into the finish to win the heat in 20.18 looking very relaxed. Anasaso Jobodwana of South Africa also qualified in 2nd place with a personal best of 20.27. 

Heat 3 - Heat 3 started with Michael Mathieu of the Bahamas being disqualified for a false start. Churandy Martina of the Netherlands would be the one to come through with the win in 20.17 to edge out Warren Weir of Jamaica who came in in 20.28. 

Official Time Qualifiers: Christophe Lemaitre (France) 20.03, Alex Quinonez 20.37

Semi-Final Results:
Heat 1
Wind (m/s): -0.5
Official
Rk Bib Athlete Mark     +
1 2169 Jamaica BLAKE Yohan 20.01 Q   +
2 3253 United States of America SPEARMON Wallace 20.02 Q   +
3 1759 France LEMAITRE Christophe 20.03 q   +
4 2598 Norway SAIDY NDURE Jaysuma 20.42     +
5 1987 Greece TSAKONAS Likourgos-Stefanos 20.52   =PB +
6 1224 Brazil DE BARROS Bruno 20.55     +
7 1284 Canada CONNAUGHTON Jared 20.64     +
8 2237 Japan TAKASE Kei 20.70     +
Heat 2
Wind (m/s): -0.6
Official
Rk Bib Athlete Mark     +
1 2170 Jamaica BOLT Usain 20.18 Q   +
2 2783 South Africa JOBODWANA Anaso 20.27 Q PB +
3 1576 Ecuador QUINONEZ Alex 20.37 q   +
4 1283 Canada BROWN Aaron 20.42   PB +
5 1220 Brazil DA SILVA JUNIOR Aldemir 20.63     +
6 2654 Poland KRYNSKI Kamil 20.83     +
7 2973 Switzerland WILSON Alex 20.85     +
8 3264 United States of America YOUNG Isiah 20.89     +
Heat 3
Wind (m/s): -0.4
Official
Rk Bib Athlete Mark     +
1 2547 Netherlands MARTINA Churandy 20.17 Q   +
2 2191 Jamaica WEIR Warren 20.28 Q   +
3 1820 Great Britain MALCOLM Christian 20.51     +
4 3240 United States of America MITCHELL Maurice 20.56     +
5 1017 Antigua and Barbuda CHRISTIAN Brendan 20.58   SB +
6 2236 Japan TAKAHIRA Shinji 20.77     +
  2919 Saint Kitts and Nevis ADAMS Antoine DQ     +
  1104 Bahamas MATHIEU Michael DQ     +


Favorites through to semi-finals

Jamaica's Warren Weir proves status as medal contender



All of the favorites for 200 meter medals have moved on to tomorrow's semifinal, including Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and Americans Wallace Spearmon, Maurice Mitchell and Isiah Young

The biggest relevation from the heats was Jamaican Warren Weir who easily qualified through in 20.29 seconds. The little-known 22-year-old burst on the scene this season with a 19.99 second run at the Jamaican Trials to make the team. Now he looks like a legitimate medal contender and could be the piece Jamaica needs to compete a podium sweep of the 200 meters.

Heat 1
07 August 2012 - 11:50
Wind: 0.9 m/s
Position Lane Bib Athlete Country Mark . React
1 5 2170 Usain Bolt  JAM 20.39 Q . 0.191
2 9 1220 Aldemir da Silva Junior  BRA 20.53 Q . 0.159
3 4 3264 Isiah Young  USA 20.55 Q . 0.198
4 3 2973 Alex Wilson  SUI 20.57 q . 0.145
5 6 2566 Noah Akwu  NGR 20.67 . 0.183
6 2 1472 Michael Herrera  CUB 21.05 . 0.163
7 8 2271 Vyacheslav Muravyev  KAZ 21.75 . 0.170
8 7 2532 Jidou El Moctar  MTN 22.94 (PB) 0.192

Heat 2
07 August 2012 - 11:58
Wind: -0.1 m/s
Position Lane Bib Athlete Country Mark . React
1 7 1759 Christophe Lemaitre  FRA 20.34 Q . 0.161
2 5 2783 Anaso Jobodwana  RSA 20.46 Q . 0.174
3 8 1283 Aaron Brown  CAN 20.55 Q (=PB) 0.166
4 3 1987 Likoúrgos-Stéfanos Tsákonas  GRE 20.56 q . 0.153
5 4 3049 Rondel Sorrillo  TRI 20.76 . 0.147
6 2 1560 Carlos Jorge  DOM 21.02 . 0.168
7 9 1336 Cristián Reyes  CHI 21.29 . 0.164
8 6 2927 Ibrahim Turay  SLE 21.90 (PB) 0.182

Heat 3
07 August 2012 - 12:06
Wind: 1.1 m/s
Position Lane Bib Athlete Country Mark . React
1 9 3240 Maurice Mitchell  USA 20.54 Q . 0.195
2 4 1820 Christian Malcolm  GBR 20.59 Q . 0.152
3 7 1104 Michael Mathieu  BAH 20.62 Q . 0.187
4 2 1481 Roberto Skyers  CUB 20.66 . 0.162
5 6 2223 Shota Iizuka  JPN 20.81 . 0.177
6 3 3010 Sibusiso Matsenjwa  SWZ 20.93 (NR) 0.172
7 5 2498 José Carlos Herrera  MEX 21.17 . 0.155
8 8 2006 Joel Redhead  GRN 21.22 . 0.186

Heat 4
07 August 2012 - 12:14
Wind: 0.0 m/s
Position Lane Bib Athlete Country Mark . React
1 7 2169 Yohan Blake  JAM 20.38 Q . 0.168
2 5 1224 Bruno de Barros  BRA 20.52 Q . 0.165
3 8 2598 Jaysuma Saidy Ndure  NOR 20.52 Q . 0.160
4 2 3149 Serhiy Smelyk  UKR 20.65 . 0.163
5 6 2095 Paul Hession  IRL 20.69 . 0.163
6 4 1364 Zhenye Xie  CHN 20.69 . 0.169
7 3 2418 Mosito Lehata  LES 20.74 . 0.183

Heat 5
07 August 2012 - 12:22
Wind: -0.4 m/s
Position Lane Bib Athlete Country Mark . React
1 6 2191 Warren Weir  JAM 20.29 Q . 0.194
2 8 2919 Antoine Adams  SKN 20.59 Q . 0.160
3 2 2654 Kamil Krynski  POL 20.66 Q . 0.154
4 9 1519 Pavel Maslák  CZE 20.67 . 0.198
5 3 1291 Tremaine Harris  CAN 20.70 . 0.163
6 4 1668 Marek Niit  EST 20.82 (SB) 0.176
7 7 2972 Reto Schenkel  SUI 20.98 . 0.153
. 5 2623 Alonso Edward  PAN DQ .

Heat 6
07 August 2012 - 12:30
Wind: 0.7 m/s
Position Lane Bib Athlete Country Mark . React
1 8 1576 Alex Quiñónez  ECU 20.28 Q (NR) 0.186
2 2 3253 Wallace Spearmon  USA 20.47 Q . 0.162
3 9 2236 Shinji Takahira  JPN 20.57 Q . 0.169
4 3 1017 Brendan Christian  ANT 20.63 q (SB) 0.165
5 4 1718 Jonathan Åstrand  FIN 20.73 (SB) 0.172
6 7 2461 Aziz Ouhadi  MAR 20.80 . 0.168
7 6 1232 Sandro Viana  BRA 21.05 . 0.180
. 5 1401 Ben Youssef Meité  CIV DNS .

Heat 7
07 August 2012 - 12:38
Wind: 0.8 m/s
Position Lane Bib Athlete Country Mark . React
1 9 2547 Churandy Martina  NED 20.58 Q . 0.159
2 7 2237 Kei Takase  JPN 20.72 Q . 0.160
3 5 1284 Jared Connaughton  CAN 20.72 Q . 0.144
4 3 1589 Amr Ibrahim Mostafa Seoud  EGY 20.81 . 0.159
5 8 2706 Arnaldo Abrantes  POR 20.88 . 0.156
6 6 1807 James Ellington  GBR 21.23 . 0.139
7 2 1103 Trevorvano Mackey  BAH 21.28 . 0.159
8 4 2915 Jean-Yves Esparon  SEY 21.99 . 0.182




last updated: July 18th at 6:05pm CT


Men's 200 Quick Hits
2012 London Olympic Games


200 Meter Schedule:
Day 5, Aug 7th - Round One (5:50am CT) - qualifying procedure TBA
Day 6, Aug 8th - Semi-final (2:10pm CT) - qualifying procedure TBA
Day 7, Aug 9th - Finals (2:55pm CT)

1500 Meter Records:
World Record - 19.19 - Usain Bolt (JAM) 20 August 2009
Olympic Record - 19.30 - Usain Bolt (JAM) 20 August 2008
American Record - 19.32 - Michael Johnson - 1 August 1996

The Favorites: (personal best/season best)
1.Usain Bolt (19.19/19.83) - Reigning Olympic Champ, World Champion in 2011. Much like the 100m, he's struggled against Blake, but it's Usain Bolt.
2. Yohan Blake (19.26/19.80) - The 2nd fastest man at 200m ever has a great chance at taking down Bolt.
3. Christophe Lemaitre (19.80/19.91) - We like Christophe. He got 3rd at World Champs last year, and is looking good this year.

The Americans:
1. Wallace Spearmon JR (19.65/19.95) - This man has been around the block.
2. Maurice Mitchell (20.13/20.13) - Recent graduate of FSU.
3. Isiah Young (20.16/20.16) - A young gun