Usain Bolt — nicknamed ‘Lightning’ — was pure electricity at the 2008 Games, winning the 100 and 200 meters in world-record times. Which raises the obvious question for London: Will Lightning strike twice?

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By Mike Tierney, Special to Universal Sports

Young sprinter Usain Bolt — nicknamed (what else?) Lightning — was pure electricity at the 2008 Games, winning the 100 and 200 meters in world-record times. Which raises the obvious question for London: Will Lightning strike twice?

If not, the title of the World’s Fastest Man might remain in Jamaica. For the moment, Bolt is not even the fleetest dude from the little Caribbean island. He was beaten in both events of the Olympic Trials there by Yohan Blake, known as the Beast — a moniker assigned to him by Bolt because of an off-the-charts work ethic.

Bolt has confessed to falling short of full dedication to his craft, and he has displayed a shortage of discipline even in victory. Before reaching the finish line of the 100 in Beijing, Bolt mugged for the cameras, extended his arms and thumped his chest. This time, he might not be able to get away with such antics.

The rest of the world might be running for second or third place in the dashes. If there is anything scarier than the combination of thunder and lightning, it is the Beast and Lightning.

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