Usain Bolt is still taking it easy.

After breezing across the finish line ahead of the rest of the field in his semifinal heat in the men's 200 meters, Bolt gestured to the attendant cameras as if to say "slow down" or "let's not get ahead of ourselves."

As per usual when the 25-year-old Jamaican track star runs in the Olympics, nobody could get ahead of him in his 200 meter semifinal heat. Bolt's time of 20.18 seconds placed him first in Heat 2 and improved upon the 20.39 he ran in Round 1. He faced greater pressure on Wednesday night from Anaso Jobodwana of South Africa, who finished second in Heat 2 in 20.27 than he received in his first 200 trip on Tuesday. Nevertheless, the drama in the race was at least at much about the timing of Bolt's inevitable downshift as it was about the other runners.



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It is a breeze for Bolt as the Jamaican takes the 2nd 200m semi with ease in 20.18secs. He ran the second 100m in about second gear


In Heat 1, Bolt's training parter Yohan Blake qualified with a faster time of 20.01 seconds. Blake, who also appeared to ease up as he reached the finish line, was followed quickly by U.S. sprinter Wallace Spearmon in 20.02 seconds. The third heat was won Churandy Martina of the Netherlands (by way of Curacao) in 20.17 seconds. He was followed by the third Jamaican sprinter to reach the final, Warren Weir

"Woulda, coulda, shoulda. He still won," Spearmon said to The Associated Press about how close he came to catching Blake. "Bet he won't do that tomorrow."

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Blake is considered the prime competition for Bolt, having bested him in the event at the Jamaican Olympic Trials. Of course, Blake also beat Bolt in the 100 meters at those Trials. That result didn't matter much on Sunday night as Bolt burned to an Olympic record and a repeat gold in that distance.

"I've told Yohan Blake that 200 meters will be different, because that's my signature event," Bolt told reporters after winning his first gold medal at the London Olympics. "I'm not going to let him beat me again. I've said that to him already."

Blake will have his chance to beat Bolt again on Thursday evening. Presumably, no one who ends up on the medal stand will be easing into the finish in that race.

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  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt, left, crosses the finish line ahead of Ryan Bailey of the United States in the men's 4x100-meter relay final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012. Jamaica set a new world record with a time of 36.84 seconds. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt, left, heads for the finish line ahead of Ryan Bailey of the United States in the men's 4x100-meter relay final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012. Jamaica set a new world record with a time of 36.84 seconds. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt, right, and United States' Ryan Bailey run the final leg of the men's 4x100-meter relay final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012. Jamaica set a new world record with a time of 36.84 seconds. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt and Great Britain's Mohamed Farah imitate each other after the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt poses on the podium after receiving his gold medal for the men's 4x100-meter relay during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012. Jamaica set a new world record with a time of 36.84 seconds. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

  • United States' Ryan Bailey, left, and Jamaica's Usain Bolt, second from right, power ahead after receiving the batons from their team members in the men's 4x100-meter relay final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

  • United States' Ryan Bailey, left, receives the baton from United States' Tyson Gay, second from left, as Jamaica's Usain Bolt, second from right, receives the baton from Jamaica's Yohan Blake in the men's 4x100-meter relay final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

  • Jamaica's Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake celebrate as they receive their gold medals for the men's 4x100-meter during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt, right, and Yohan Blake celebrate their win in the men's 4 x 100-meter relay during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012. Jamaica set a new world record with a time of 36.84 seconds. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt, right, and Yohan Blake celebrate their win in the men's 4 x 100-meter relay during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012. Jamaica set a new world record with a time of 36.84 seconds. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt takes the baton to lead in the men's 4 x 100-meter relay during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa De Olza)

  • Jamaica's Yohan Blake, Usain Bolt, Nesta Carter, and Michael Frater pose with their national flag after their gold medal win in the men's 4 x 100-meter relay during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012. Jamaica set a new world record with a time of 36.84 seconds.(AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt prepares to pass United States' Ryan Bailey in the men's 4 x 100-meter relay during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012. Jamaica set a new world record with a time of 36.84 seconds. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt, right, and Jamaica's Yohan Blake celebrate winning gold and setting a new world record with a time of 36.84 seconds in the men's 4x100-meter relay final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt, right, and Jamaica's Yohan Blake celebrate winning gold and setting a new world record with a time of 36.84 seconds in the men's 4x100-meter relay final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates winning the gold medal in front of the Olympic flame after the men's 200-meter final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt, right, is surrounded by photographers after winning gold in the men's 200-meter during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates winning the gold medal in the men's 200-meter final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates his gold medal win in the men's 200-meter final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt kisses the track after winning the gold medal in the men's 200-meter final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt, center, is embraced by his mother Jennifer, center left, after he won gold in the men's 200-meter final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates his gold medal win in the men's 200-meter final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt, left, hugs his teammate Yohan Blake after winning the gold medal in the men's 200-meter final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt races to his gold medal finish in the men's 200-meter final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt, center, runs to win gold in the men's 200-meter final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. Others runners are, from left, South Africa's Anaso Jobodwana, Jamaica's Warren Weir and United States' Wallace Spearmon. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates his gold medal win in the men's 200-meter final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt runs to win gold in the men's 200-meter final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt strikes his signature pose after his gold medal win in the men's 200-meter final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt runs to win gold in the men's 200-meter final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt runs to win gold in the men's 200-meter final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt, right, celebrates winning gold in the men's 200-meter final with spectators during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates winning gold in the men's 200-meter final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt does a press up on the track after winning the men's 200-meter final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt, center, Jamaica's Yohan Blake, left, and Jamaica's Warren Weir celebrate their medals in the men's 200-meter final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. Bolt won gold, Blake silver and Weir bronze. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt reacts as he wins the men's 200-meter final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the men's 200-meter final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

  • Jamaica's Yohan Blake, left, celebrates winning silver with Jamaica's Usain Bolt, who won gold, following the men's 200-meter final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt, left, gestures after crossing the finish line to win gold ahead of silver medallist Yohan Blake of Jamaica, center, and bronze medallist Warren Weir of Jamaica in the men's 200-meter final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt, third left, reacts as he crosses the finish line to win the men's 200-meter final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt second left, reacts as he crosses the finish line to win the men's 200-meter final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt wins the finals of the men's 200-meter in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt reacts as he crosses the finish line to win the men's 200-meter final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the men's 200-meter final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt gestures as he crosses the finish line to win gold in the men's 200-meter final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt gestures as he wins the finals of the men's 200-meter in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the men's 200-meter final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the men's 200-meter final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt, foreground, crosses the finish line to win gold ahead of Jamaica's Yohan Blake in the men's 200-meter final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt crosses the finish line to win the gold medal in the men's 200-meter final during the athletics in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt gestures as he wins the finals of the men's 200-meter in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)