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London Day Thirteen: Another Bolt report

Should the Not Trying Hard Enough Police take a look at Usain St.Leo Bolt's performance in the 200 metres final on Thursday night?

Bolt won the race in 19.32 seconds but seemed to be decelerating before he crossed the finish line. He was doing just enough to keep out compatriot Yohan Blake (19.44) but missed his own 2008 Olympic mark by 0.02, and short of his world record time of 19.19 (Athens 2009 World Championships).

Bolt told the BBC after the race that he had a back pain. Just shows what's possible when you're not fully fit. (And more on that topic later)

Blake ran the race of his life to still finish second, but let's not ignore Warren Weir who completed the Jamaican trifecta with a time of 19.84. Here's a short video profile of Weir produced by the Jamaica Gleaner before the Olympics.

But Bolt's victory - giving him a unique record of the 100/200 double in consecutive Olympics - was not even the main event of the evening. Go back an hour, and the men's 800 metres final. Kenya's David Rudisha took gold with a world record time of 1:40.91. A special mention to runner-up Nijel Jones (1:41.73), Botswana's first Olympic medallist ever.

Another country set for its first Olympic medal is Montenegro. The women's handball team beat Spain 27-26 in their semi-final on Thursday night and will face Norway in the gold medal game on Satruday.

But back to that matter of competing when not fully fit: USA's Manteo Mitchell broke his fibula while running his leg of the 4x400 relay semi-final. USA qualified for the final, and no, Mitchell will not be there.

The Telegraph is giving us loving recreations of great British Olympic moments of the past on their website. But unlike The Guardian's use of Lego and the WSJ's Paddle Pop sticks, they're doing 80s-style computer game versions in the highest quality 8-bit graphics. On a day when Germany beat Australia 4-2 and the Netherlands flogged Great Britain 9-2 in the men's hockey semi-finals, here is that classic final from Seoul 1988 when GB conquered the then West Germany to take gold:

(in case you can't see the video above, it's also here)