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|Usain Bolt won the 200 in 19.30 seconds, becoming the first man since Carl Lewis in 1984 to sweep the 100 and 200 golds at an Olympics.|
"I want to chill out," he said. "I just want to sleep. I wish I was in sandals right now, ready to take a weekend." He could have won the 200 in sandals. But before it's time to take a weekend, Bolt still has to anchor a 400 relay team as the Jamaicans attempt to further their takeover bid of all the speed events. So far in Beijing, the Jamaicans have won seven medals in events of 400 meters or shorter, while the Americans have won nine. But the tiny Caribbean country leads the big, bad U.S. in gold medals 4-2, and could add several more. "We want to prove to the world we're the best," said Jamaican 400-meter hurdles gold medalist Melanie Walker. This medal onslaught has produced delirium in Jamaica, where sprints are the national sport. Those who had TVs watched them when Bolt ran. Those who did not listened on the radio. "I talked to the prime minister," Bolt said. "He told me everything in Jamaica is blocked off. Everyone is in the streets." Lightning bolts usually send people running indoors. But Lightning Bolt striking twice is a reason to party in Jamaica. Pat Forde is a senior writer for ESPN.com. He can be reached at ESPN4D@aol.com.