Usain Bolt's pre-Olympic show
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Jamaica's top hope for a medal at the Beijing Olympics, Usain Bolt, easily won the 200 metres at the London Super Grand Prix, the last big athletic event before the Olympic Games kicks off. Bolt already holds the 100m world record.
Jamaica's Usain Bolt ran the second-fastest 200 metres in the world this year as he won the London Super Grand Prix event in a time of 19.76 seconds at Crystal Palace here Saturday.
The 21-year-old, who in May set a new 100m world record with a time of 9.72secs, finished well ahead of American Wallace Spearmon and Paul Hession of Ireland.
Bolt has still to confirm whether he will run in both sprint events at the Beijing Olympics and indicated yet again after Saturday's race he would leave the decision to his coach, Glen Mills.
"I'm still not sure about doubling up in Beijing," said Bolt. "I'm still waiting to see what's going on. My coach will make the decision.
"I'd definitely like to double - I think I could do well in both.
"But my coach hasn't made a bad decision in five years, so if he says I can do only one, I'll do one."
No-one has won both the men's 100m and 200m at the same Olympic Games since Carl Lewis of the United States in Los Angeles in 1984.
Meanwhile, Britain's Kelly Sotherton, one of the favourites for heptathlon gold in Beijing now that defending champions Carolina Kluft has decided to concentrate on the long jump and triple jump, came through a minor injury scare to win the four-event challenge.
Sotherton, 31, damaged her right abductor muscle on Friday's opening day when an extraordinary error by officials saw the third barrier in the 100m hurdles placed in the wrong position.
That first day, which had started so encouragingly for Sotherton with a long jump personal best of 6.79m, ended with the 2004 Olympic bronze medallist finishing fourth in the re-run hurdles.
But Saturday saw Sotherton come through both the shot put and the 200m where she finished second in a time of 23.63 secs despite not going at full pace.
"It was great to win this weekend," said Sotherton. "My jump was fantastic, the shot was good as well and despite not being able to run as hard as I normally would round the bend in the 200m because of an injury I picked up in the hurdles, I still got close to a season's best."
She added: "The hurdles yesterday (Friday) were obviously very frustrating. I hurt my abductor muscle jumping that third hurdle and it could have been really serious.
"My doctor and physio both told me not to run today (Saturday).
"But I wanted to run and to get that time when I couldn't go flat out is obviously encouraging. Overall I think the weekend has shown that I'm on the up and on course for Beijing."
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