Usain Bolt’s dream of a treble is just one win away from fruition after a comfortable win in the Men’s 200 metres at Rio 2016, clocking 19.78 second to finish well clear of the field – probably his last individual appearance at the Olympic Games.
The win gives the Jamaican an eight olympic gold medal, and will now be targeting an unprecedented ninth gold medal in the 4x100m relay on Friday.
Canada’s Andre de Grasse took silver in 20.02s, with France’s Christophe Lemaitre narrowly pipping Great Britain’s Adam Gemili into bronze as both men posted 20.12s.
Bolt tore around the bend as attention quickly switched to the clock, but the 29-year-old – just two days shy of his 30th birthday – looked heavy in the home straight and posted a low-key time by his lofty standards.
“I wasn’t happy with the time,” Bolt admitted to BBC Sport afterwards. “I’m getting older, I’m not as young and fresh.
“I’m excited that I got the gold medal. That’s the main thing.”
He has already intimated that he will not run the 200m at the 2017 World Championships, his last major event before retirement.
Meanwhile, Gemili was disconsolate after three thousandths of a seconds denied him a spot on the podium.
The 22-year-old produced a blistering run from lane two, but was unable to muster his way into the top three.
“To get so close, it’s heartbreaking. I’m absolutely gutted,” Gemili said.
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