Usain Bolt hailed his double triumph at the World Championships in Moscow as a stepping stone on the way to a second defence of his Olympic crowns in Rio de Janeiro.
The world’s fastest man blazed to his 13th global gold medal with an emphatic 200 metres victory at the Luzhniki Stadium on Saturday. The Jamaican stormed to glory in 19.66 seconds, six days after taking the 100m title.
Bolt became a “living legend” in his own eyes by retaining his Olympic sprint titles at London 2012 and has no intention in relinquishing his dominance.
“My goal is to defend my titles at the next Olympics as it hasn’t been done before by anyone,” he said. “And this World Championships is a stepping stone towards that goal.”
While Bolt had a fight on his hands to beat Justin Gatlin in the 100m final, in this one there was only one winner. Bolt walked across the track shaking everyone’s hand ahead of the race before winking for the camera.
He was the slowest out of the blocks, but that is nothing new and it never looked like being a factor as he ran a new world-leading time.
The 26-year-old was away and gone as he flew off the bend and powered away down the straight to claim his third straight world 200m title. Compatriot and training partner Warren Weir claimed silver in 19.79secs, with American Curtis Mitchell getting bronze in 20.04s.
“When I entered the straight I felt tired, my legs felt a little bit heavy,” he said. “My coach told me not to push to hard if it was possible so I backed off a little. The 200m is my favourite event, so this victory is very important to me.” He celebrated by dancing on the track with Weir to Bob Marley’s ‘Three Little Birds’.