London: After beating the heat in men's 100 meters sprint, Usain Bolt is hot-favourite to take the 200 meters Gold too as the Jamaican bids to rejoice history yet again with his lethal leg combinations.
Bolt effortlessly breezed into the 200m final on Wednesday to set up a much-anticipated showdown with his training partner Yohan Blake. The reigning Olympic champion won the second semifinal in 20.18 seconds, racing out of the blocks brilliantly before relaxing down the straight. He jogged the last 70m and seems on course for his second straight 200m gold medal.
Bolt again made it clear he is here "to cement my legendary status. I am focused and I am ready". He said that the semifinals was just to "go through as easy as possible" but warned that "I am ready (for the final)" as "this is my event."
"The track is fast. It's going to be a good race, a lot of good competitors." Blake, who beat Bolt in both sprints at the Jamaica Trials and was second here in the men's 100m, also had it easy in semifinal one.
Blake, despite shutting it down after 160 metres, crossed the line in 20.01 seconds ahead of American Wallace Spearmon, who did 20.02 seconds and French man Christophe Lemetre, 3rd in 20.03 seconds. Blake described the race "as a walk in the park". Looking to the final set for Thursday, he said "there is always a good chance of winning".
Spearmon said that he got a little bit left over from the final, so come that time "you're definitely going to see something".