Usain Bolt powers right through the barriers of history

Usaine Bolt

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Usain Bolt has become the first athlete in history to retain the Olympic 100m and 200m titles, writes Paul Hayward.

Usain Bolt

Jamaica's Usain Bolt reacts as he crosses the finish line ahead of team mate Warren Weir to win the men's 200m final during the London 2012 Olympic Games...Jamaica's Usain Bolt (L) reacts as he crosses the finish

Zoom. There he goes again. Usain Bolt last night became the first athlete in history to retain the Olympic 100m and 200m titles: a feat that has eluded the greatest names in track and field. The world’s fastest man has run right through history’s barriers.

Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt has become the first athlete in history to retain the Olympic 100m and 200m titles, writes Paul Hayward.

“I’m now a legend. I’m also the greatest athlete to live,” Bolt declared, with some justification. With his bow and arrow celebration, he would probably win the archery as well. And the long jump. And anything else that calls for speed.

To mark this latest conquest, Bolt dropped to the track and performed a couple of press-ups: a novel display of showmanship that fell on the comic side of arrogance.

After blasting away from his younger compatriot and training partner, Yohan Blake, before slowing up to win in 19.32sec, Bolt said: “This is what I wanted and I got it. I’m very proud of myself.

To the delight of the packed stadium, Bolt dropped to the track and performed a series of press-ups immediately after his victory

To the delight of the packed stadium, Bolt dropped to the track and performed a series of press-ups immediately after his victory

“After a rough season I came out here and did it. I thought the world record was possible. I guess I was fast but not fit enough. I could feel my back strain a little bit, so all I did was to keep my form. I’m very dedicated to my work and London meant so much to me.”

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