It’s the 2016 Rio Olympics and Usain Bolt is still the fastest of them all, winning the men’s 200 metre final in 19.78 seconds on Thursday. He sets the record for the third time in a row, adding to the Beijing and London gold.
The Thursday’s win also brought his gold medal tally to eight, including his win in 100 metres on Sunday. Usain Bolt managed to outrun Canada’s Andre De Grasse, who took the second spot winning silver by completing the sprint double in 20.02 seconds. With the Thursday’s performance, De Grasse added the second medal to his name after the 100 bronze.
Christophe Lemaitre of France won Bronze with a time of 20.12 seconds.
As he announced it to be his last individual race at Olympics as he retires next year, Bolt wished to be recalled in the same breathe as Pele and Muhammad Ali. However, he still has the chance to take home another medal in 4×100 relay final on Friday.
“I don’t need to prove anything else. What else can I do to prove to the world I am the greatest?” Bolt was quoted as saying by CBC News. “I am trying to be one of the greatest. Be among [Muhammad] Ali and Pelé. I hope to be in that bracket after these Games.”
Bolt’s achievements in three consecutive Olympics have established him as one of the most outstanding athletes in sports and his records as the most untouchable in the arena.
Winning his eight gold seemed like an easy task for Bolt, who appeared to be racing against himself. His aim at the Rio Olympics was to beat his own record of 19.19 seconds, which was set in Berlin seven years ago.
“When I came off the corner, my legs decided, ‘Listen, we are not going to go any faster,’” the Jamaican athlete was quoted as saying by the New York Times. “I wasn’t fully happy. But I’m happy I got the gold medal.”