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Usain Bolt poses with Warren Weir (left) and Yohan Blake (right), after Jamaica swept the board in the Olympic 200m final. Photograph: Jeremy Selwyn/NOPP

Shush, he told the crowd before the start. Calm down, he gestured. So serene was he, so unstressed by the whole thing, that after he had taken care of the necessary business he got down on the track and performed a few press-ups. In between times he ran 200m in 19.32 seconds: not a threat to his own world record, or even to his Olympic record, but certainly good enough to reassert his standing as the world’s fastest man.

Yohan Blake, his compatriot and training partner, had beaten Bolt in the national trials at both 100 and 200m, and he did his best once again to give his rival a contest, finishing strongly and closing what had been a big lead as they came off the bend to a margin of 0.4sec – still an eternity – behind the great man. Warren Weir completed a devastating clean sweep of the medals for Jamaica. …

(via Usain Bolt seals his place in the pantheon with stunning fifth gold | Sport | The Guardian)

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