Rio Dream 1024x531 1 1024x531 1RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — Usain Bolt continues to create history. The 29-year-old sprinter won the Rio 2016 Olympics 200m dash on Thursday, Aug 18.

In what he says will be his last Olympic Games individual race, Bolt again showed his class by dismantling the field to take victory in 19.78 seconds, a season best.

A true legend of the sport, Bolt ran a powerful curve and separated himself early from the field.

The 6ft 4 inch tall sprinter, powered his way down the homestretch, from his preferred lane 6, leaving the chasing pack of Canadian, Andre de Grasse, American, LaShawn Merritt, Frenchman Christophe Lemaitre, Alonzo Edward of Panama, to fight for the minor places.

De Grasse, who Bolt told during the semi-finals to save his legs for the final, finished best of the chasing pack in 20.02 and Lemaitre, third in 19.20.02.

The victory means Bolt has completed the sprint double in Rio and became the first man to win three straight sprint double titles.

Bolt’s impressive journey started when he topped the 100m (9.69) and 200m (19.30) at the Beijing Games in 2008 and defended both with 9.63 and 19.32 in London 2012.

The world sprint double record holder 9.58 (100m) and 19.19 (200m) has now won eight Olympic Games gold medals – six individual and two relays. He has a chance to win his 9th gold tomorrow, as Jamaica attempts a third straight 4x100m crown.

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Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.


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