The man can bloody run, god damn it.
Usain Bolt, who is now inarguably the greatest Olympic sprinter the world has ever seen, added an eighth Olympic Gold Medal to his collection mere moments ago with a commanding win in the men’s 200m sprint.
Bolt never looked in danger of finishing anywhere other than first, after gripping the final by the throat in the opening half of the race and refusing to let go as the field turned for home.
The win is his third consecutive gold medal in the event, completing the “triple double” of three gold medals in three successive games in both the 200m and the 100m.
Only the 4×100 metre relay now stands between Bolt and a historic 9th gold medal, which would put him in the very upper pantheon of greatest Olympians of all time, tied with names like Carl Lewis, Mark Spitz, Larisa Latynina, and Paavo Nurmi, all of whom have 9, and all of whom are second only to Michael Phelps on the list of multiple Olympic gold medalists.
The only downer to today’s historic sprint was the rain falling on the Rio track, providing both a metaphorical and literal dampener on proceedings and slowing the race down by half a click.
Bolt’s time of 19.78seconds was well below what he’s proven to be capable of, and well below his prediction of breaking the mythical 19-second mark. It effected the rest of the field as well, with Canadian sprinter/Bolt BFF Andre De Grasse failing to run sub-20 seconds in gaining silver. Frenchman Christophe Lemaitre crossed the line in third to pick up the bronze medal.
Nonetheless, it’s Bolt’s track runneth over once again. The Jamaican now has but one more race left in his glittering career. You might want to mark it down in your calendars; we’re not gonna see anyone like him compete at the Olympics any time soon.
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