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Bolt still the favourite for 200m: Carl Lewis

Aug 09, 2012 02:41 PM IST India India

Having set the track ablaze in the men's 100m sprint, Usain Bolt will once again be the favourite to clinch Thursday night's 200m dash, says nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis.

Talking exclusively to CNN-IBN from London, the 51-year-old American said the three runners from Jamaica - Bolt, Yohan Blake and Warren Weir - will once again lead the charge in tonight's event. “There won’t be anything out of ordinary [in the 200m race]. It will be similar to the 100m event,” Lewis said.

When asked what he thinks about the "You're watching the living legend" comment by Bolt, Lewis replied by saying, "Stop all the talk, let's run the race and history will define your greatness."

After winning the 100m competition in record time (9.63), Bolt had said that his eyes are now firmly set on the 200m event, which he claimed as his favourite. When put this to Lewis, he said "Unlike Jamaicans who have same athletes participating in every track event, the United States has different athletes participating in different events." He also said Wallace Spearmon, the only sprinter from the US competing in the 200m event, will pose a challenge to the other runners.

While everyone is talking about the 200m dash, the US athletes are busy preparing for the 4x100m relay which they have a very good chance to win, said Lewis. "We are getting ready for the 4x100m relay," he said.

Lewis was also confident that the US will overtake China in the number of gold medals won. China are leading the medals tally (36 gold, 22 silver, 19 bronze), followed by the US with (34 gold, 22 silver, 25 bronze) as of now. "As we (USA) still have a lot of athletic events left, we will definitely challenge China."