Usain Bolt blows field away for third straight 200m gold

Usain Bolt convincingly won the Olympic 200m gold medal, his eighth Olympic title

Gold: Usain Bolt (Jamaica)
Silver: Andre De Grasse (Jamaica)
Bronze: Christophe Lemaitre (France)

Putting the final touches on his Olympic legacy, Usain Bolt won the Olympic 200m gold medal Thursday night in Rio. It was likely the last individual Olympic race for the eight-time gold medalist.

Bolt crossed the line in 19.78 seconds, his slowest time in his three Olympic 200m finals.

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.

Andre De Grasse, the Canadian sprinter who unsuccessfully challenged a smiling Bolt in his semifinal heat, finished second in 20.02 seconds.

France’s Christophe Lemaitre earned the bronze medal.

LaShawn Merritt, the lone American to reach the final, finished sixth.

Bolt remained perfect in Olympic finals. The world’s fastest man won his seventh Olympic gold medal on Sunday, in the 100m.

The world’s fastest man has never lost in an Olympic final. Relive Usain Bolt’s historic career on the track.

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