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Superman Bolt is out of this world

DOUBLE: Usain Bolt stormed to the 200m gold in the Olympic Stadium and was followed home by team mates Blake and Weir

MAYBE NOW Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt may consider himself a legend after taking the 200m honours at the London Olympic Games.

After winning the 100m final on Sunday, Bolt played down the tag until he had secured 200m gold. He did just that tonight (August 9) with another sublime display of top class sprinting as his countrymen followed him home.

The most popular sportsman in the world took the Olympic crown with the fastest time in the world this year and a season’s best of 19.32 seconds.

He was followed home by a beast, Yohan Blake to be precise, who clocked 19.44. The bronze went to young Warren Weir who doesn’t look old enough to shave. But the boy can certainly run and did so in a time of 19.84 which is his personal best mark.

Just like Sunday’s 100m final, the anticipation in the Olympic Stadium pre-race was tangible.

The growing interest in track and field is down to Bolt, and everyone wants to see what he will conjure up next. The big man did not disappoint with another memorable night in the Olympic Stadium.

Team GB have had their stars, namely Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah, but no one gets the raucous cheer that the man dubbed 'Lightning' can generate. It would be fair to say that not only is he a rare talent but universally loved too.

With British sprinters failing to deliver over recent years, the top brass of Team GB could do a lot worse than have a word in the ear of Glen Mills who coaches all three of the 200m medalists.

Bolt has been coached by Mills since 2004 and he has been a major factor in turning the talented junior into the world’s fastest man.

The appreciative Bolt describes Mills as a father figure and someone who guides him both on and off the track.

"He has always made the right decisions for me. He is a guiding light in my career and he has shown me the way to improve myself both as a person and as an athlete," said Bolt.

Mills has worked with some of the Caribbean's top sprinters since the 1970s with athletes such as two-time Olympic finalist Raymond Stewart, 2003 100m world champion Kim Collins and 2004 Olympic relay gold medallist Aileen Bailey.

He is the head of Racers Track Club which currently produces many of Jamaica’s top athletes including 2011 world 100m champion Blake and 400m stars Rosemarie Whyte and Jermaine Gonzales.

The affable Mills has been the head coach on many Jamaican teams at Olympic Games and World Championships.

He first started coaching at his alma mater, Camperdown High in East Kingston, and developed it into a sprinting powerhouse nick-named ‘Sprint Factory’.

Tonight while his athletes bask in deserved glory, Mills must be a very content man.
Bolt, meanwhile, having been chased home by The Beast has to go down as GOAT – The Greatest Of All Time. Simple.

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