Usain Bolt Cruises To Gold In 200m Olympics, But Will His Ego Dent His Popularity?
Jamaican team of Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and Warren Weir sweep 200m Olympic medals
Usain Bolt sure made good on his promise. On Tuesday he won the gold for the men’s 100m with fellow team mate Yohan Blake clinching the silver. Bolt silenced his critics when they thought that he was no longer in top form. This was because in the recent Jamaican Olympics trial, Yohan Blake won both the 100m and 200m beating Bolt.
Now at the London 2012 Olympics, Usain Bolt showed the world his top form by winning both the 100m and 200m defending his Olympic titles which he won from the Beijing 2008 Olympics. Bolt finished the race in 19.32s. Fellow team mates Yohan Blake got the silver coming in at 19.44s while Warren Weir won the bronze completing in 19.84s.
Usain Bolt became the first man to ever win the men’s 200m twice in the Olympics. For the past 4 years, Bolt has won 7 out of the 8 individual sprint titles in both Olympics and world championships. The only time he did not win was because of a false start which resulted in him being disqualified. His team mate Yohan Blake won the 100m in that World Championship in Daegu, South Korea.
His recent 100m gold medal win also set a new Olympic record at 9.63s. However, many do wonder whether Bolt and Blake’s ego are getting to them. Blake was recently spotted wearing a $500,000 Richard Mille Tourbillion watch during the 100m finals. Athletes competing in the Olympics are only allowed to wear their country’s sponsored apparel gear in terms of clothing. But for sports equipment that is not clothing, athletes are required to use only the official sponsor of the Olympics in which case Richard Mille is not one of the sponsors. This may result in a fine for Blake by the IOC.
Bolt on the other hand was also quick to put down former Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis who had earlier questioned his performance when Bolt first exploded in the 100m in the Beijing 2008 Olympics. Lewis had specifically questioned the huge time drop by Bolt in the 100m from 10.03s to 9.69s in the course of a year. “If you don’t question that in a sport that has the reputation it has right now, you’re a fool. Period.” Lewis was quoted as saying.
Bolt mentioned that he had lost all respect for Carl Lewis and was also quoted saying on Thursday night, “For an athlete to be out of the sport and be saying that is really upsetting.” Bolt said, “It’s really amazing when people talk stupid stuff. Lewis, nobody remembers who he is. We work hard, we push ourselves to the limit. I shouldn’t even have to respond to that.”
While the world cheers for outstanding athletes who perform well, many may not like those who start to put others down. The Jamaican team may have made a clean sweep of the medals for the men’s 200m, but their conduct and egos may end up costing them lucrative sponsorship deals especially from the United States after the recent comments by Bolt.
Nevertheless, the 4x100m relay coming up this Saturday will be keenly anticipated by viewers around the world right before the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics.
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