No flashes of lightning like last weekend nor any sparkling new world record to go with the great man in the Luzhniki Stadium this time but Usain Bolt still illuminates the track above all others as he added world title No 7, this time over 200 metres, to his matchless CV in Moscow.
The world’s fastest men simply get no nearer to the self-styled living legend, as Bolt became the first man to win five straight half-lap crowns at the World Championships and Olympics while, almost defying credibility, also completing his fourth 100m/200m double in five years.
Usain Bolt who had looked unusually sluggish in grinding to 100m victory last Sunday, was simply serene as he glided to 200m gold in 19.66sec.
As Bolt blitzed round in 19.66 sec – nearly half a second slower than his four-year-old world record of 19.19 sec but still the fastest by anyone this year and way too hot for his Jamaican training partner, silver medallist Warren Weir (19.79 sec) it felt like the by now familiar sight of a man running in a world of his own.
“When I entered the straight I felt tired, my legs felt a little bit heavy,” said Bolt. “My coach told me not to push too hard if it was possible so I backed off a little. But the 200m is my favourite event so this victory is very important to me.”