Usain Bolt jogs into Olympic 200m semi-final

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Usain Bolt's quest to win three gold medals at his third successive Olympic Games is continuing unhindered after he strolled into the semi-finals of the 200m event.

The Jamaican is already the proud owner of seven Olympic gold medals but is hoping to finish the Rio Games with a complete collection of nine.

Two more races stand between him and his eighth gold medal and he will be hoping they are as easy as his first round heat, in which he breezed to victory.

Bolt record a time of 20.28secs, over a second slower than his world record of 19.19, set in the 2009 World Championships in Berlin.

He benefitted from a weak field and appeared to wind down after taking an affirmative lead in the first 100m. By the time he crossed the finish line, he had almost come to a standstill.

The sprinting legend will now rest up ahead of the semi-final on Wednesday and a likely final on Thursday. His final event will be the 4x100m, in which Jamaica are heavy favourites.

The race

Afterwards, he had a quick chat with the BBC:

Taking it easy

Breaking his own record

While most people would be satisfied with an eighth gold medal, which is what he will attain if he wins the 200m event, the Jamaican sprinter has already laid out his plans to better his own world record of 19.19 in the process.

Bolt originally set the mark in the Athletics World Championships in 2009 and has not dipped under 19.50 since the 2013 season. However, despite moving into the twilight years of his career, Bolt still believes he has what it takes to break one more world record.

"This is one of the biggest things," said the world's fastest man.

"I really want [the] 200m world record. If I can get a good rest after the semi-finals, there's a possibility I could. When it comes to the 200m, I'm much more confident. The 100m is always the hardest one for me."

The triple-triple

Bolt remains on target to win an unprecedented 'triple-triple', which would include gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 4 x 100m events. He reigned supreme in all three events in Beijing and London but is hoping to become arguably the greatest athlete of all time by completing the triple haul for a third time.

Considering he has already bagged a gold medal in the 100m, it is looking very likely he will achieve it. Indeed, the shortest distance on the track was by far the hardest for him to retain. His notoriously slow starts and the threat of USA sprinter Justin Gatlin meant winning Sunday's final was far from certain.

However, Bolt came through first in an impressive time of 9.81secs. That doesn't come close to his world record of 9.57secs but was more than enough to beat Gatlin, who finished second in 9.89secs.

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