The spectacle of Usain Bolt descended on Olympic Stadium again Thursday night, its stands packed with Jamaica’s green and black colors and other hues from around the world rooting for him just the same. They wanted to see a show. They got even more.
Bolt ran away from the field in the 200-meter dash, falling shy of his world record but still easily capturing his second gold medal of the Rio Games and the eighth of his Olympic career. On Friday night, he will join the favored Jamaican team in the 4×100-meter relay to fulfill his ultimate quest: the triple-triple, or three gold medals in the same three events over the course of three Olympics.
“There are no words to explain,” Bolt said. “Eight time Olympic Champion. The 200 means a lot more to me and I have been enjoying it.
“There is nothing else I can do. I have proven to the world that I’m the greatest. That’s what I came here for and that’s what I’ve been doing. That is why it’s my last Olympics. I can’t prove anything else.”
Never before had a runner won the 100-meter dash in back-to-back-to-back Olympics.Bolt did so easily earlier this week. The 200 was even more of a blowout, not surprising seeing as it’s his best event but still marvelous to watch because of his towering superiority.
Bolt had breezed through his initial heat round, jogging the last 100 meters, and did the same in the semifinals, though Canada’s young star Andre De Grasse nearly caught him. Bolt did not take kindly to this and made sure the separation between him and De Grasse – him and all seven competitors, really – better indicated his true sprinting dominance.