Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt has set a new Olympic record for the men’s 100-meter race. Bolt won the race in a record time of 9.63 seconds on Sunday night. However, he failed to break the world record, which was also set by him in 2009 when he won the men’s 100 meters in 9.58 seconds.
Bolt collected his gold medal on Monday. He will be running the first round of the 200-meter race. The semi-finals for the 200 meters will be on Wednesday and the finals will be on Thursday.
He is confident that he will win the race. He will be facing a formiddable opponent, Yohan Blake, also from Jamaica. Blake has beaten Bolt three times in the 100 meters. He beat him on Saturday and took the silver medal. He also beat him twice in the Olympic trials. Bolt says Blake’s winning has been a wake up call for him and has motivated him to up his game.
The 200m is his favourite race and he has told Blake that he won’t let him beat him this time. “I’ve told Yohan Blake that 200 meters will be different, because that’s my signature event. I’m not going to let him beat me again. I’ve said that to him already,” Bolt said. “Remember I said that, Yohan.”
If Bolt wins the 200-meter race, he will become a living legend as no man has ever won this race in the Olympics twice. He won it in Beijing in 2008 in 19.30 seconds (current Olympic record). He also holds the world record of 19.19 seconds which he set in Berlin in 2009.