Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Back-to-Backs; Track & Field; Bolt's Victory Eclipses Eaton in Decathlon

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Back-to-Backs; Track & Field; Bolt's Victory Eclipses Eaton in Decathlon

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London - You know it's a big night at Olympic Stadium when the world's greatest athlete takes a back seat and a world record goes virtually unnoticed. Usain Bolt has that effect on the proceedings.

He added the 200 gold Thursday to the 100 gold he won Sunday, duplicating the 100-200 double he produced at the Beijing Games four years ago. The only difference? In 2008, Bolt broke world records in both.

But hold off on talk of a pair of three-peats, Bolt, who turns 26 this month, sounded as if he might not last until the Rio Olympics in 2016.

"It's going to be a hard mission," he said, noting with a chuckle that teammates Johan Blake (silver) and Warren Weir are only 22. "I'm going to be 30; they're going to be 26. Both of these guys are running extremely well right now, and I think I've had my time. It's going to be hard. I can say: In life, anything's possible. But for me, that's going to be a hard reach, because there's going to be a lot more talent coming up. And these guys really stepped up already. For me, I'm just not looking that far."

This time in the 200, Bolt led a Jamaican sweep, with his training partner and pal Blake getting the silver in 19.44, and Weir taking the bronze in 19.84. That was more than a half-second slower than the champion, a man Weir called "my bigger brother."

"The guy is just on another planet right now," Wallace Spearmon, the American who finished fourth in 19.90, said between sobs of disappointment.

On the 100th anniversary of Jim Thorpe's victory, Ashton Eaton won the Olympic decathlon gold medal by 198 points, combining with teammate Trey Hardee to take gold and silver for Team USA. Eaton set the world record at the Olympic Trials in June and backed it up with an Olympic victory with 8,869 points.

Hardee, a two-time world champion, settled for silver with 8,671 points and Leonel Suarez of Cuba took the bronze, 346 points behind Eaton, at 8,523.

"It's safe to say my reign is over," said Hardee, a two-time world champion. "I still think my best decathlon is ahead of me, but Ashton's are, too.

"As the days and weeks and months and years pass, I think Ashton and I will look back on this and realize how special it really is and what this really meant. …

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