Usain Bolt becomes first Olympian to win consecutive gold medals in both short sprints
(Sports Network) Usain Bolt became the first Olympian to win consecutive gold medals in both short sprints, winning the 200 meters Thursday at the London Games.
Earlier at these games, the Jamaican joined Carl Lewis of the United States as the only men to win golds at consecutive Olympics in the 100m. On Thursday, Bolt became the only man to claim two Olympic titles in the 200.
Bolt ran the race in 19.32 seconds -- .02 seconds off his Olympic record run four years ago in Beijing -- to lead a sweep of gold, silver and bronze by Jamaica.
The last time a nation swept all three medals in the men's 200 was at the 2004 Athens Games when Shawn Crawford, Bernard Williams and Justin Gatlin claimed gold, silver and bronze, respectively.
Yohan Blake, the man who created a stir by beating Bolt in both the 100 and 200 earlier this summer at the country's Olympic trials, was .12 seconds behind for silver. Blake also finished second to Bolt in the 100 here in London.
Warren Weir grabbed bronze with a run of 19.84 seconds, beating American sprinter Wallace Spearmon for the medal by .06 seconds.
Spearmon crossed the finish line third at the Beijing Games, but was later disqualified for stepping out of his lane.