Usain Bolt wins 200m final to secure eighth Olympic gold

Published 1 Comments

Football News

Usain Bolt won his eighth Olympic gold medal and continued his dream of a ‘triple-triple’ by cruising to victory in the 200m final.

The Jamaican sprinter ran a time of 19.78 seconds in Rio, comfortably finishing ahead of Andre de Grasse, who clocked 20.02 seconds, in second.

Despite the accomplishment, Bolt voiced his frustration after the race - at not being able to set a new world record.


Want to become a GMS writer? Sign up now and submit a 250-word test article:

That was always going to be unlikely considering the track was wet, but Bolt has never set low expectations. And running under his record time of 19.19 seconds was always on his mind.

But it was always about keeping the aim of nine Olympic golds alive. Having won the 100m and 200m, he’s one race - the 4x100m - away from adding to his legendary status.

It’s crazy to think that is has been seven years since the 29-year-old last set a world record in an individual sprint and, after jogging the semi-final in 19.78, it seemed possible that he could run under the time he set at the 2009 World Championships.

But it wasn’t to be, much to Bolt’s disappointment.

“The sadness for me would be that it is actually a slower time. I really wanted to run faster but I came out here to win,” he said, per the Daily Mail.

“I wasn’t happy with the time when I crossed the line, but I’m excited I got the medal, that’s the key thing. The fact that I came here and I executed what I wanted is a brilliant feeling.”

Bolt, who reiterated that this will be his last Olympic Games, has a ninth gold in sight. The 4x100m final takes place on Friday evening as Jamaica look to retain their crown.

Is Usain Bolt the greatest athlete in history? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Tyson Gay
Justin Gatlin
Commonwealth Games
Usain Bolt
Mo Farah

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again