Wednesday’s 2012 Olympic TV schedule featured Usain Bolt going out to the track for a nice, relaxing run.
Or, at least that’s what he made it seem like.
Elite athletes make everything look easy and that’s exactly what Bolt did in the 200-meter semifinals yesterday. He won his heat with a time of 20.18 seconds despite practically high-stepping the last 50 meters. His victory set up another matchup with fellow Jamaican Yohan Blake in the final today.
Watch the men's 200-meter dash on NBC Thursday, Aug. 8 at 8:00 p.m. ET or online at NBCOlympics.com at 3:55 p.m. ET.
Justin Palmer of Reuters reported that Bolt talked to the press about the 200 after the semis. He said:
“Got to take it easy...that was an easy run. I am enjoying it. This is my favorite event, so I am looking forward to it.”
Bolt made history in the 100-meter dash on Sunday by running an Olympic record 9.63. He also holds the 200-meter Olympic record. While his world record is 19.19 seconds, Bolt just has to run faster than 19.30 seconds to shatter his Olympic mark that he set in Beijing.
Blake will definitely have something to say about that, though. The Beast recorded the fastest time in semifinals at 20.01 seconds in what was quite a comical display.
With a comfortable cushion, Blake half-heartedly jogged the last 25 meters or so of the race. He let up so much that the USA’s Wallace Spearmon and France’s Christophe Lemaitre nearly caught him.
If Blake would’ve crossed the finish line just 0.03 seconds slower, they actually would’ve caught him and he wouldn’t have received an automatic qualifying bid to the finals given to the top two finishers of each heat.
But anyway, the way the field performed Wednesday, it’ll without a doubt be a two-man race on the final stretch between Bolt and Blake.
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.
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