Yohan Blake set himself up as the man to beat in London with a stunning 200m victory,beating world record holder Usain Bolt for a second time in three days to bring the Jamaican Olympic trials to an explosive conclusion on Sunday.
Blake,who shocked Bolt with an emphatic win in the 100 on Friday,followed it up with an even more impressive performance in the 200,catching the triple Olympic gold medalist down the stretch before holding him off in the closing stages. Blake clocked a time of 19.80 seconds to a massive roar from a frenzied crowd at the National Stadium. Bolt secured his Olympic spot by taking second in 19.83,grinning as he hugged his training partner in the finish area.
He said,Congratulations good run,you won, Blake told reporters. Youre the better man on the day, and I just gave him thanks because he has always motivated. He told me coming into the race to keep calm and thats what I did. Bolt ended the race lying flat on his back on the track grimacing in pain as medical staff rushed to his side to work on a cramped right thigh.
Graceful in defeat
The lanky sprinter was quickly back on his feet,accepting defeat with grace and putting on a brave face after what had to have be an extremely trying weekend for the worlds fastest man. If Bolt was concerned,however,he did not show it,instead looking ahead to the London Games and defending his 100 and 200m titles.
Definitely (I have something to prove), said Bolt. Im the Olympic champion so I have to show the world I am still the best. Its not like I was blown away,I know what I need to do to get it right. I just have to get my stuff together. Its all about putting in the work. I need to figure out what I did wrong and just work on that.
Bolt will certainly have plenty to occupy his time in the next four weeks before he settles into the blocks in London. His coach Glen Mills confirmed earlier that Bolt was not 100 percent fit and it became obvious throughout the trials that he needs to spend time on his starts after struggling out of the blocks. Im a little bit weak but I have a few more weeks to get myself back into shape, assured Bolt. Im not far off,I know I can get it done,Im not worried.
Fraser-Pryce wins 200m
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce,winner of Fridays 100m in a Jamaican record time of 10.70,also doubled up by powering her way to a convincing victory in the womens 200m in 22.10,with Sherone Simpson a well-beaten second in 22.37. Veronica Campbell-Brown,the 200m gold medalist in Beijing and Athens,secured the third Olympic spot clocking 22.42 and heads to London bidding to become the first athlete to claim a 200m hat-trick.