Jamaica's Usain Bolt (C) poses with his gold medal along with compatriots Yohan Blake, silver medal (L), and Warren Weir, bronze, during the presentation ceremony for the men's 200m event at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium August 9, 2012. (Photo : REUTERS/Eddie Keogh)
Usain Bolt has done it again.
The 25-year-old sprinter confidently raced past his Jamaican teammates to earn the gold medal in the 200 meter dash finishing with 19.32 seconds on Thursday evening.
Although Bolt didn't break any record like he did back in 2008, he sure did make history when he won the race as he became the first athlete ever to retain the gold medals for the 100 and 200 meters in consecutive Olympics.
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"I've got nothing left to prove. I've showed the world I'm the best," said Bolt after the race, according to Reuters.
Not only did the Jamaican conquer the gold for the event, but Jamaica dominated the race as Yohan Blake finished second with 19.44 and Warren Weir, third in 19.84.
Before the start of the Olympics, Bolt's injuries - thought to be affecting his speed - as well as an unspectacular performance in Jamaica's qualifiers had the media questioning the sprinter's ability to deliver victories in London the way he did in Beijing.
Bolt may have been affected by what was being said about him and thus may have decided to use the platform, where he reigns as king, to prove the growing beliefs otherwise.
"For me, that was for all the doubters, all the people saying I wasn't going to win. They can stop talking now, I'm a legend," responded Bolt to his critics, according to Bloomberg.
Carl Lewis Controversy
The racer who has popularly earned the title for the 'greatest-ever sprinter' however may have slightly tainted his moment of glory with a comment that has caused some controversy.
Bolt on Thursday said he had lost all respect for Carl Lewis - the American sprinter who scooped gold for the 100 meters in 1984 and in 1988 obtained it too after Ben Johnson was disqualified for doping.
Carl Lewis first raised suspicion on Bolt four years ago after Bolt's successful Olympics in China.
"Countries like Jamaica do not have a random (drugs testing) program, so they can go months without being tested," Lewis said back then according to Reuters.
But after four years and two more gold medals hanging down his neck, Bolt may have been waiting for this perfect moment to fire back.
"I'm going to say something controversial right now, Carl Lewis - I have no respect for him. The things he (Lewis) says about the track athletes, it's really downgrading for another athlete to be saying something like that about other athletes," Bolt commented.
With the race won, however, Bolt may confidently put that argument to rest. The sprinter casted some doubt whether he would return to the track in Rio 2016. When asked what he planned to do after the Olympics, Bolt said he had a hard task ahead of finding out.
Bolt will have one more opportunity to add a gold medal to his collection on Saturday, August 11, in the 4x100 meter relay.
The final is scheduled for 9:00 p.m. London Time / 4 p.m. EDT.