Bolt-Blake face off in 200 finals today

Aug 09, 2012, 10:55 IST | AFP

Jamaica's star sprinters clock 20.18 and 20.01 seconds respectively in their semi-finals last night to set up mouth-watering final showdown tonight

Usain Bolt moved to within one win of an unprecedented second successive Olympic sprint double here last night as he won his 200m semi-final in impressive fashion.

The 25-year-old — who retained his 100 metres crown in on Sunday — would better American legend Carl Lewis’ record of three golds and a silver in the 1984 and 1988 Games.

Jamaica’s Yohan Blake (third from right) wins the first semi-final of the 200m event last night. Pics/Getty images

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt (fourth from left) wins the second semi-final of the 200m event last night

Bolt never had to move out of first gear in his semi-final winning easily in 20.18sec ahead of young South African Anaso Jobodwana.

“The aim was all about just getting through,” said Bolt, who has said he will only be happy being called a legend if he wins the 200m title. Bolt said that the final could well see his world record of 19.19sec tumble. “It’s a possibility, definitely. I can’t say but the track is fast, it's going to be a good race. There are going to be a lot of great competitors so I’m looking forward to it.”

His main danger will come from compatriot and training partner Yohan Blake, who took silver in the 100 metres, and eased up long before the line having done the hard work on the bend to time 20.01sec, the fastest time of the three 200m semis last night.

The 22-year-old Jamaican insisted he could deny Bolt the title, the one the champion considers his favourite event, and that it may require a world record to do so.

“I think I gave away the 100 because I tied up a bit but I think in the 200m anything is possible,” said the 22-year-old. 

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