Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake, the gold and silver medallist from the 100 metres have hinted that the 200 metres Olympic record of 19.30 set by Bolt at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, could go in Thursday final of the event.
“Yeah definitely,” said Bolt, when asked if his Olympic record of 19.30 could be broken here in London. Bolt cruised 20.39 to easily win his 200m heat in on Tuesday morning.
“This is a fast track as you saw the 100 was pretty fast and I didn’t go out there thinking about a world record, so for me I’m looking forward to this 200. It should be a good run,” added the world record holder with 19.19 seconds.
Blake, who owns the second fastest time in history of 19.26 done last season agreed with Bolt about a very fast time winning the half lap event.
“The track is fast. Me and Usain are running fast, we are in great shape, (so) anything is possible,” said Blake, who also looked easy while logging 20.38 seconds to win his heat and progress to the semifinal set for Wednesday.
Jamaica’s third entrant in the 200 metres Warren Weir joined Bolt and Blake in the semi-finals with a controlled, yet brisk 20.29 seconds.
It was the second fastest time in the preliminary round.
“Feeling pretty good knowing I went through the first round pretty comfortable under no pressure,” Weir said.
“I felt like I executed right for the first round,” added the 22-year-old, who disclosed that he gets tips from both his training partners Bolt and Blake.