Olympics: No 200m world record for Usain Bolt but he still wins gold in 19.78 seconds

Usain Bolt flashes his signature pose in front of the camera after winning the men's 200m gold.
Usain Bolt flashes his signature pose in front of the camera after winning the men's 200m gold. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Usain Bolt celebrating his win in front of the camera after defending his 200m title.
Usain Bolt celebrating his win in front of the camera after defending his 200m title. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Bolt is on course for a historic "triple triple" - winning the 100m, 200m and 4x100m at three Olympic Games.
Bolt is on course for a historic "triple triple" - winning the 100m, 200m and 4x100m at three Olympic Games.PHOTO: REUTERS
Usain Bolt already celebrating as the 200m race ends.
Usain Bolt already celebrating as the 200m race ends.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Usain Bolt crossing the finish line to win 200m gold.
Usain Bolt crossing the finish line to win 200m gold.PHOTO: REUTERS
Usain Bolt leads the chasing pack on his way to 200m gold.
Usain Bolt leads the chasing pack on his way to 200m gold.PHOTO: REUTERS
Usain Bolt on his way to winning the gold medal.
Usain Bolt on his way to winning the gold medal.PHOTO: REUTERS
Usain Bolt after winning his third 200m Olympic gold.
Usain Bolt after winning his third 200m Olympic gold.PHOTO: REUTERS
Usain Bolt celebrating after winning his gold medal.
Usain Bolt celebrating after winning his gold medal.PHOTO: REUTERS
The gold medal is Usain Bolt's eighth. He could clinch his ninth on Saturday morning.
The gold medal is Usain Bolt's eighth. He could clinch his ninth on Saturday morning.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Usain Bolt kisses the track as part of his celebrations after his 200m win.
Usain Bolt kisses the track as part of his celebrations after his 200m win. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Jamaica's Usain Bolt (third from left) leading during the men's 200m race.
Jamaica's Usain Bolt (third from left) leading during the men's 200m race. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

RIO DE JANEIRO - Sporting immortality beckons for Usain Bolt after he captured his second gold medal of the Rio Olympics on Thursday night in Brazil as the lanky Jamaican sprinted to victory in the men's 200m event.

The 29-year-old had been aiming to break his own world record of 19.19 seconds (set at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin) and become the first man to break the 19sec barrier for the event but was unable to achieve his goal.

Instead, he clocked a time of 19.78sec from lane six at the Olympic Stadium under light rain to finish ahead of Canadian Andre De Grasse (20.02sec) and Christophe Lemaitre of France (20.12sec).


Usain Bolt takes the lead at the end of the turn towards the last 100m of the race. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

 
 
 

During a post-race interview, Bolt said: "No words can explain becoming an eight-time Olympic champion. The 200m means so much to me. I don't need to prove anything else."

"I wanted to run a faster time but my legs were feeling tired. The younger kids have stepped up. I proved that you can do this sport clean."

This was Bolt's third straight victory in the 200m at the Summer Games, dating back to Beijing 2008 (19.3sec) and London 2012 (19.32sec) and comes on the back of his win on Sunday in the 100m. It was also his third consecutive triumph in that event.

"The key thing was I won and you guys know it's all about the gold medal", added Bolt.

"I've put Jamaica on the map and that's all I can do. All I want now is a gold in the 4x100m."

Bolt is chasing a historic "triple triple" at the Rio Games as he aims to sweep the 100m, 200m and 4x100m events in three straight Games.

He will represent Jamaica in the 4x100m final on Friday night (9.35am Saturday, Singapore time).