Aug 9, 2012; London, United Kingdom; Usain Bolt (JAM) celebrates after winning the gold in the men's 200m final during the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports

Lightning Strikes Twice, Again: Usain Bolt Wins 200m Gold

Team USA picked up gold and silver in men's long jump, but the story of Thursday on the track was Usain Bolt defending his 200m gold.

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Will Usain Bolt Retire Before The 2016 Olympics In Rio De Janeiro?

Usain Bolt has already done more than any other sprinter in history, with four gold medals in the 100 and 200 meters and the unprecedented achievement of back-to-back Olympic titles in each on his resume. But Bolt will only turn 26 later in August. Could his Olympic career really be over after London, as he hinted after winning the 200 on Tuesday?

Bolt has dominated both distances since 2008, when he burst onto the scene in Beijing and set world records in both individual events while winning gold medals. He's only lost once between two Olympics and two World Championships since, and only because of a disqualification for a false start.

But Bolt could go from self-proclaimed legend to the unquestioned best in history with a similarly dominant performance in Rio de Janeiro at the 2016 Olympics, where he would theoretically be bidding to become the first man to win gold three times in the 100m and bidding to do the same in the 200m, and could match Carl Lewis's nine golds in track events -- surely, a nice shot across the bow at a legend who has already peeved Bolt.

No man has ever even won three medals in sprint events without hurdles (Edwin Moses won three medals in the 400m hurdles), so Bolt would be heading into uncharted territory by even attempting it.

Bolt isn't quite set up for that yet, as he will need to earn a sixth medal at these Olympics by competing for Jamaica in the 4 x 100m relay. By helping the favored team repeat, though, Bolt would give himself a flawless Olympic record and he'd have the chance to make it an otherworldly one.

And, heck, he'll only be 29 or 30 when Rio rolls around, and 33 or 34 when the 2020 Games are held. If Bolt really wants to leave his eternal shadow behind the Olympic flame, he's got the time to do it.

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VIDEO: Watch Usain Bolt Win Gold In 200m Final

Just like Sunday's 100m final, Usain Bolt cruised to victory again on Thursday, this time taking gold in the 200. It was Bolt's race once again as he eased off the gas near the finish line while recording a time of 19.32. That's just off the world record, and again: He took his foot off the gas near the finish.

Watch Bolt go to work in the 200m as he wins gold yet again.

Bolt's speed is just mind-blowing. In the 100, you could see him hit the jets and leave the competition in the dust. And that was in a nine-second race, in which there isn't a ton of room for error. In the 200, Bolt got off to a fast start, held off teammate Yohan Blake down the stretch, and took a little time to celebrate before crossing the finishing line. Just Bolt being Bolt.

That's a Jamaican sweep in the 200, adding to the country's 1-2 finish in the 100m. The Jamaican squad absolutely owns the sprints at the moment, with Bolt leading the way. Add in the 4x100 relay, in which Jamaica is favored, and Bolt could walk away with three gold medals in these Olympics.

It's Usain Bolt's Olympics, and we're all just witnesses to his exploits.

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Lightning Strikes Twice, Again: Usain Bolt Defends His 200m Gold

Usain Bolt won the gold medal in the men's 200 meters at the 2012 Summer Olympics on Thursday night, posting a time of 19.32 seconds and becoming the first man ever to defend the 200m title.


Americans Christian Taylor, Will Claye Win Gold And Silver In Men's Triple Jump

Not only did Americans place first and second in the triple jump at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London -- Christian Taylor and Will Claye turned the event into something not too different from their practices at the University of Florida.

Taylor leaped 17.81 meters on his fourth jump, a new best in 2012, and held on to the lead as competitors made a run at him, none getting closer than Claye's 17.62 meters. When Claye took his sixth and final jump, gold and silver were assured for the Americans -- the only question was whether Claye would take gold from his former Gators teammate, and he answered it by jumping just 16.66 meters.

The gold is the first medal of Taylor's Olympic career, while Claye's silver is his second medal at the 2012 Olympics, as he previously won bronze in the long jump. Greece's Fabrizio Donato took bronze with a jump of 17.48 meters.

The gold-silver double was the second in as many days for Americans on the track. Aries Merritt and Jason Richardson went 1-2 in the 110m hurdles on Wednesday.

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Men's 800m: David Rudisha Sets World Record Against Fastest Field In History

In the final of the men's 800 meters on Thursday, David Rudisha of Kenya flew away from the field and sprinted his way into the record books by grabbing the gold medal with a world record time of 1:40.91.

The runners remained fairly bunched for the first lap, but by midway through the second and final lap, Rudisha had opened up an enormous gap between himself and the rest of the field and the only thing left in doubt was whether he would be able to top the world record time. He did just that, breaking the old record of 1:41.01 and smashing the Olympic record of 1:42.58. Rudisha had previously won the 800m at the 2011 World Championships.

Nijel Amos of Botswana took the silver at 1:41.73, passing Kenyan runner Timothy Katum around the final turn. Katum held on to take the bronze. Katum's 1:42.53 would also have beaten the old Olympic record, but on Thursday was only good enough for third place.

United States runners Duane Solomon and Nick Symmonds finished fourth and fifth, respectively, both coming in under 1:43. All eight runners finished in under 1:44.

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Olympic Track & Field Livestream: Watch Usain Bolt Run For Gold Online

Six days of track and field are already in the books at the 2012 London Olympics, but that doesn't mean day seven is going to be less than sublime. Five gold medals are scheduled to be handed out on Thursday afternoon in a variety of events.

The televised NBC schedule is listed here, but we also have the online schedule for those interested in livestreaming Thursday afternoon's events -- ranging from everything from the decathlon events to the women's javelin throw. The following events will be available live to watch on the NBC Olympics website.

  • A gold medal will be awarded in the men's triple jump at 12:20 p.m. Team USA's Will Claye finished fourth in qualifying, but wasn't too far behind top-qualifier Benjamin Compaore of France.
  • The semifinals in the women's 800 meter race are scheduled to take place at 12:30 p.m. A list of the 27 competitors trying to make Saturday's gold-medal race is available here.
  • The men's 800 meter final will take shortly thereafter as its scheduled for 1 p.m. Two pairs of teammates make up the eight racers as the USA will be represented by Nick Symmonds and Duane Solomon while Kenyan teammates Timothy Kitum and David Rudisha -- the world record holder -- line up in lanes 3 and 4.
  • Qualifying for the women's 400 meter relay is scheduled for 1:20 p.m. Team USA, scheduled to compete in the first heat, posted the best time of any of this year's Olympic competitors with a season-best of 42.19.
  • Thursday afternoon's top track and field event will be the gold medal race between the men's 200 meter competitors at 1:55 p.m. The field includes top sprinters Usain Bolt (the current world-record holder) and Yohan Blake, among others.
  • A gold medal will be handed out at 2 p.m. as the women javelin throwers take part in their final event of the Olympics. Barbora Špotáková of the Czech Republic holds the world record, but South Africa's Sunette Viljoen posted the season-best distance of the throwers that qualified for Thursday's finale.
  • Thursday afternoon's coverage began with men throwing javelins in the ninth-event of the decathlon. The final event will take place at 2:20 p.m. with the 1500m run.

With five medals being handed out, it might be difficult to decide which events to pay attention to -- but the 200 meter men's finale will obviously be worth the extra attention it receives.

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