Blake magic scorches the track in 100m; Bolt in 200

Updated on Aug 25, 2012 12:57 AM IST

The Olympics always felt like it was going to be a watershed in men's sprinting.

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The Olympics always felt like it was going to be a watershed in men's sprinting. The only question was what lay on the other side. The world got a glimpse of what lies ahead in Lausanne on Thursday when Yohan Blake won the 100m in 9.69sec. Only Usain Bolt has run quicker. Twenty minutes later, Bolt was out on the track, winning the 200m in 19.58sec.

Both set meet records, but not for the first time, you suspect, in years and months to come, Bolt's performance was a little overshadowed by that of his young training partner. Blake destroyed a field which included three Olympic 100m finalists, leading from start to finish, accelerating away as the race went on. Blake's time cut six-hundredths of a second off his personal best, and left him tied with Tyson Gay as the second-fastest 100m runner in history.

On the night Gay was just another athlete trailing behind him, finishing second in 9.83sec. Blake did it running into a headwind and off the back of a bad case of flu. "I have been sick all week," he said. "Thank God I have recovered, not fully, but I'm getting there." Asked about the prospect of another head-to-head, Blake made it pretty clear what it would take. "I will run with Usain any day, because he is my training partner, and I love running with him, but they will have to put up big money." It would be worth it.

Kirani James won the 400m in 44.37sec.

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