RIO DE JANEIRO (WWBT) - Making it look easy, Usain Bolt cruised to his third-straight gold medal in the men's 200m Thursday night, defeating his competitors by being the only runner to clock a 19-second lap time.
Bolt won the event for the first time during the Beijing Olympics, where he also earned gold for Jamaica in the 100m and 4x100m relay, all in world record time.
Then, during the 2012 London Games, Bolt became the first athlete to sweep the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay in consecutive Olympics.
Bolt can now add the men's 200m gold to his men's 100m gold that he has won during the Rio games.
The decorated runner faced challenge from American LaShawn Merritt, who logged the third best time during the semifinals and finished sixth in the final, less than two-tenths off Bolt's time, and Canadian Andre De Grasse, who finished second overall in the semifinals and Thursday night's final.
Men's 100m silver medalist Justin Gatlin failed to qualify for Thursday night's final, missing the top eight by three-hundredths of a second.
The results of the Men's 200m final are as follows:
- Usain Bolt – Jamaica: 19.78s
- Andre De Grasse – Canada: 20.02s
- Christophe Lemaitre – France: 20.12s
- Adam Gemili - Great Britain: 20.12s
- Churandy Martina – Netherlands: 20.13s
- LaShawn Merritt - United States: 20.19s
- Alonso Edward – Panama: 20.23s
- Ramil Guliyev – Turkey: 20.43s
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