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¶ With the crowd and the wider world bracing for something extraordinary from Bolt in an hour or so, Rudisha had beaten him to it, but Bolt did not fade quietly into the night.
¶ After looking vulnerable in the Jamaican trials, losing both sprints to Yohan Blake, Bolt has looked much more familiar here. He defended his Olympic title by beating Blake in the 100-meter dash on Sunday, and on Thursday he did the same in the 200, emerging from the bend with a 4-meter lead and then losing some ground to Blake in the next 80 meters but never losing control of the race.
¶ Bolt won while slowing in his final four strides in a time of 19.32 seconds, and he crossed the line with his head turned to keep a firm gaze on Blake. He won it with an index finger pressed to his lips.
¶ “For me, that was for all the doubters,” Bolt said. “That was for all the people that were saying I wasn’t going to win, that I wasn’t going to make myself a legend; that was just for them to say: ‘You can stop talking now. I’m a living legend.’ ”