LONDON — The incomparable Usain Bolt made history again Thursday night, winning the 200 meters to become the first man to win both sprints in consecutive Olympics.

Bolt finished in 19.32 seconds, just missing the Olympic record of 19.3 that he set four years ago in Beijing. That mark was a world record at the time, but Bolt broke that a year later in 19.19.

His time equaled the time Michael Johnson ran at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, then a world record many thought never would be broken.

One thing has changed since Beijing, though. Four years ago, no one remotely gave him a challenge, but a young Jamaican hung with him Thursday. Yohan Blake, who beat Bolt at the Jamaican Olympic trials, took the silver in 19.44. Warren Weir claimed the bronze in 19.84, completing a sweep for Jamaica.

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt gestures as he crosses the finish line to win gold in the men’s 200-meter final.
Jamaica's Usain Bolt gestures as he crosses the finish line to win gold in the men's 200-meter final. (David J. Phillip, The Associated Press)

The only American in the race, Wallace Spearmon, appeared to say, "It's my time, let's go, baby," when cameras focused on him just before the start, but he finished fourth in 19.9.

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