Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and Warren Weir — the Three Musketeers from Racers Track Club — created history by making a clean sweep of the medals for Jamaica in the final of the men’s 200 metres at the 2012 London Olympics Thursday evening. The race was won by Usain Bolt in 19.32 seconds (wind +0.4). Second was Yohan Blake in 19.44; and third was Warren Weir in 19.84.
Bolt, in lane 7, came off the curve slightly ahead of Blake, who was scorching the track in lane 4, and pressed the pedal as he charged down the straight in a duel with the 100-metres silver medalist, only drawing clear in the last 15 metres as his younger club-mate gave him his most competitive race over a furlong for the last five years. Meanwhile Weir, Spearmon, Martina and Lemaitre were engaged in a separate contest for the bronze medal. Weir, in lane 8, kept his cool as his more renowned training partner Bolt hurtled pass him on the inside. Edging into third position with fifty metres to go, he finished strongly and resolutely to hold off a desperately closing Spearmon pursued by Martina and Lemaitre — snatching the bronze medal and a first taste of glory on the world stage.
The winning time was Bolt’s third fastest ever; and equalled the best time by the previous world-record holder, Michael Johnson. The victory also etched Bolt’s name on the tablets of history as the first man to have won two consecutive Olympic 200 metres titles; and the first man to have repeated the Olympic sprint double.
Blake’s second-place time would have made him an Olympic champion at every Games of the modern era not won by Bolt or Johnson.
In completing the Jamaican sweep, Weir — the youngest of the musketeers — was lowering his personal best for the fifth time in less than a year; and at the same time bettering Don Quarrie’s best time of 19.86, which was a world record when it was set and which had endured as a Jamaican National Record for over thirty years until it was broken by Usain Bolt in 2007. It capped a remarkable two seasons for the 22-year old sprinting neophyte who, up until midway last season, was being eyed as a bright prospect in the 110 metres hurdles.
The times run by the first three men in this race, when added to Jason Young’s 19.86 at the Lucerne meet a few weeks ago, means that the four fastest times in the world this year in this event have been run by four members of Racers Track Club.