Usain Bolt won a third successive Olympic 200m gold on Thursday as his hopes of an unprecedented “triple triple” win is still alive with a perfect tonic to the doping-tainted world of track and field.
The victory was Bolt’s 13th individual world or Olympic sprint title from a possible 14 since he took athletics by storm at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
The 29-year Jamaican timed 19.78 seconds for gold, Canadian Andre de Grasse taking silver with 20.02sec and France’s Christophe Lemaitre winning bronze (20.12).
With three Olympic gold medals in both the 100m and 200m, Bolt became the third athlete in Olympic history to win two individual events at three Olympics, joining Michael Phelps and Ray Ewry.
I am trying to be one of the greatest. Be among Ali and Pele,” he declared in the seconds after the win.
“I’ll wait to see what you guys write tomorrow. I’m just waiting to see what the media have to say and if they put me in that bracket. I’ve worked all my career, all my life for this moment. Hopefully you can read about me as one of the greatest people in sport, that’s my focus,” the sprint king added at a later press conference when asked how he stacked up against football star Pele and boxing legend Ali.
Bolt, who will turn 30 on Sunday, is not done yet. He is expected to run in the 4x100m final tomorrow night.