London 2012 Track and Field Men's 200m: Jamaica Dominates with Podium Sweep

Steven Cook@@stevencookinFeatured Columnist IVAugust 9, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09:  Gold medalist Usain Bolt (C) of Jamaica celebrates with silver medalist Yohan Blake (R) of Jamaica and bronze medalist Warren Weir of Jamaica after the Men's 200m Final on Day 13 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 9, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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There was little question as to which country would dominate short-distance running prior to the 2012 London Olympic Games, and the answer became even more clear after the men's 200m final. 

These events are dominated by the Jamaicans and will be for the foreseeable future as they executed the rare podium sweep in Thursday's men's 200m dash. 

Reason number one, two, three and four why that's so is Usain Bolt. The fastest man in the world has lit up the 30th Olympiad in a way that many of us predicted, but none could've completely assumed with the heap of talent surrounding him. He won the 200m final with the blistering time of 19.32 seconds. 

Bolt's gold medal in the 200m final firmly placed him atop a sport that was already his to begin with. His performance in Thursday's final made him the first ever Olympian to win gold in both the 100m and 200m dashes in consecutive Olympics. On top of that, he's the first sprinter to ever win the 200m dash in back-to-back fashion.

However, his Jamaican teammates were nipping at his heels and would've assumed glory for their country regardless. Yohan Blake, Bolt's teammate and rival is one of the fastest men in the world, he took silver with a time of 19.44 seconds. The time was the fastest ever run for a silver medal. 

It's safe to say that the Jamaicans would call two medals in one event a success, but they didn't stop there. 200m specialist Warren Weir also represented his Jamaican roots with the bronze medal, just edging out American Wallace Spearmon.

It was the first time any country other than the U.S. swept the podium in the men's 200m. 

It's unclear at this point if Bolt will compete in the 2016 Games, but his country will be well represented either way. Blake and Weir are both just 22 years of age and should be as fast -- if not faster -- in 2016. 

Plus, Blake is head-and-shoulders better than nearly every other sprinter in contention, excusing Bolt and arguably a couple of Americans. He'll be one of the favorites in every race he lines up for throughout his career, and will help to continue the excellence that Bolt has produced in Jamaica. 

Jamaica can already boast arguably the best sprinter of all time after these Olympics. Even if Bolt doesn't stick around much longer, their trend of dominating short-distance running won't be short-lived.