Usain Bolt wins gold again in 200mand 100m at London 2012 Olympics; American Ashton Eaton takes gold in men’s decathlon, as fellow American Trey Hardee takes silver; running legend Carl Lewis on how athletes need to reinvent themselves and evolve to succeed
Usain Bolt is definitely relishing his win of the men’s 200 meters after he became the only man to successfully defend both the 100- and 200-meter titles at an Olympics.
Bolt won in 19.32 seconds at the London Olympic Stadium to lead a Jamaican medals sweep. Yohan Blake got the silver in 19.44 and Warren Weir took bronze in 19.84. “I’ve done it, this is what I wanted; I’ve wanted to become a legend,” he told reporters after his race. “You can bask in my glory now.”
“For me, that was for all the doubters, all the people saying I wasn’t going to win,” he said, likening himself to athletic greats like world-record holder runner Michael Johnson. … “I’m now a legend, I’m also the greatest athlete to live.”
Meanwhile, American Ashton Eaton won the gold medal in the men’s decathlon, and fellow American Trey Hardee took home the silver. The pair became the first Americans to finish 1-2 since the 1956 Summer Games in Melbourne, Australia, when Milt Campbell and Rafer Johnson did it.
Olympic legend Carl Lewis, a 10-time medal winner, told genConnect that as an Olympic runner, his coach taught him to focus and practice in all the elements, so that he would be prepared for whatever came his way. “When every single race was over – win or lose – the first thing we would do is analyze the race, and then we’d celebrate.” That process works well in the rest of life, as well – and can benefit athletes after their Games are over. Watch Carl Lewis discuss how Olympic athletes can learn how to reinvent themselves after the Games:
“How do I stay successful? I keep successful by evolving,” Lewis says. “I keep that same focus, preparation, attention to detail, but also, don’t take it so seriously.” Be friends with your competitors – in sport, business and life, in general – Lewis says, and it will make you a happier person.
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“It is impossible, no matter how successful you are, to ever have success by yourself,” Lewis continues. “You always need someone around you and embrace that because it will make you a better person and a better athlete.”
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