Usain Bolt proved Thursday that he is the fastest man on earth after breaking the tape at 19.78 seconds in the men’s 200-meter dash. He won his second gold medal at the Rio Olympic Games and is one more gold medal away to cement his “triple-triple feat.”
Bolt’s performance in the 200-meter was not he wanted it to be as the Jamaican sprinter attempted to break his world record of 19.19. But nonetheless a gold medal finish is still worth celebrating, it is his third gold medal in the event which he also won back in the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Games.
Crossing the finish line, Bolt stated that he could have run faster if there was a close competition on the field. American Justin Gatlin, who was considered as Bolt’s closest rival, failed to qualify for the finals after finishing a 20.13-second run. Despite his frustration, Bolt added that he just stayed focus on wanting to bounce back from an injury before considering retirement.
Bolt’s attitude after securing his second gold medal in Rio made a turn of events. Upon his arrival for the Olympics, Bolt kept a low profile even to the point of refusing to engage Gatlin in a word war. But now, Bolt has revealed his sharp tongue blaming other athletes for not pushing to run faster.
“I keep telling these young ones, ‘I’ll never let you guys beat me, it’s never going to happen.’ I’m getting older, I’m slowing down, that’s why I need to get out of the sport,” Bolt said after the race.
Bolt has already secured the gold medals both in the 100 and 200-meters. Now he sets his eyes for the final piece to his “triple-triple” feat which is the 4×100 meter relay. Winning the event will not only cement his place in the history books but also his ninth total gold medal in three consecutive Olympics.
Bolt boldly stated that he came to the Olympics to defend all three of his events. By securing two gold medals, he is now a gold medal away from making his promise a reality, not unless his teammates in the relay would fumble that feat. It will be an enjoyable weekend to witness history unfolds when Bolt and his teammates defend their title in the relay event.
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