When Winning A 7th Olympic Goal Ends in Disappointment
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil:
Jamaican track superstar Usain Bolt won his third consecutive Olympic gold medal in the men’s 200m sprint final at the Rio Olympics, crossing the line in a time of 19.78 seconds.
But damp conditions meant he was unable to deliver a world record time as he had hoped.
“I wasn’t happy with the time and my body did not respond to be down the straight,” said Bolt, who turns 30 on Sunday. “But I’m getting older, so I am pleased to get the gold medal.”
Asked if this was his final 200m, Bolt replied: “I don’t know about the 200m in the future. Next year at the World Championships it will likely just be the 100m, even though my coach keeps trying to convince me otherwise. But personally for me, I think this is the last time I will run the 200m.”
Canada’s Andre De Grasse, who won the bronze in the 100m, took silver with a time of 20.02. And although France’s Christopher Lemaitre and Britain’s Adam Gemili were both given a time of 20.12 seconds, Lemaitre got the bronze, after edging in a photo finish.
Tonight, Bolt will be out to pull off an unprecedented ‘triple triple’ – getting gold medals in the two sprints and 4x100m relay for the third time.
He completed the first part of that bid with a win in the 100m on Sunday, and duly completed leg two with the 200m victory last night.
The race, Bolt’s Olympic swansong, is set to begin at 10:35 p.m.
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