Usain Bolt of Jamaica is attempting to secure himself in the annals of Olympic history as he attempts in making a new world record in the men’s 200-meter dash in the Rio Olympics.
Bolt secured a semi-finals spot after topping Heat no. 9 with a time of 20.28 seconds. The 2008 and 2012 back-to-back Olympic gold medalist wants to break the tape under 19 seconds to be able to secure another gold medal and set a new world record. If Bolt wins the gold medal in the 200-meter dash, he is just one gold medal away from his “triple-triple” feat.
But for him to do that, Bolt must be able to finish on top of his semifinal heat wherein he is also pitted against Canadian Andre de Grasse and Ameer Webb. He needs to secure a final’s spot to be able to make his world record attempt a reality.
Bolt has already secured his third 100-meter dash gold medal after submitting a time of 9.81 seconds. The 29-year old Olympian has stated that he wants to secure a rare “triple-triple” to have his name considered as one of the greatest athletes in the Olympics. Bolt added that if he makes this feat, then it would be time for him to retire from the sport.
Bolt’s 200-meter record is at 19.19 second and hopes to break it in, Rio. Though many questioned that he seemed so lax with his qualifying run, Bolt said that he is determined to show the world that he could possibly break his own record. He also noted that he is in a better condition for this year’s Olympics.
“Tomorrow I’ll show much better progress because I have to run faster,” Bolt said. “I’m looking forward to that.”
To watch Bolt’s performance logged in to NBC Olympics for the live stream. Bolt’s semi-final run will be set Thursday at 7:35 a.m. while the finals will be on Aug. 19 at 9:10 a.m. Aside from the 200 meters, Bolt will try also to secure a gold medal finish in the 4×100 meter relay.
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