Usain Bolt had time to share a joke on the finish line as he cruised into the 200m final at the Rio Olympic Games.
The Jamaican sprinter, who is seeking an eighth Olympic gold in the event, won his semi-final in 19.78 seconds.
And as he crossed the finish line with Canadian Andre de Grasse, the pair glanced at one another and started laughing.
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One person who wasn’t laughing, however, was Justin Gatlin. The American, who is considered the main antagonist to Bolt after two doping offences, finished third in his semi-final.
But Bolt is one step closer to achieving his dream of a triple-triple - winning the 100m, 200m and 4x100m at three successive Olympics’ - and is the favourite in Thursday’s final.
Bolt breezes through to the final
The 29-year-old is the world record holder in the 200m, having clocked 19.19 seconds at the 2009 World Championships, and is confident that he can break that time.
“I definitely think I can try for the world record, I definitely feel that,” he said, per BBC Sport. “I need to run efficiently and get into the straight and run the perfect race.”
However, Bolt is hoping he gets lucky with his lane draw.
“If I get a lower lane it’s always harder for me to run the corner when it is tighter,” he added.
Under 19 seconds
It’s hard to believe that it’s been seven years since Bolt last broke a world record in an individual sprint.
But, with this being his last Olympic Games, everyone is desperate for him to do something magical. Going under 19 seconds in the final would certainly be memorable.
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