Usain Bolt advances to 200m final, Justin Gatlin out

Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt ran his fastest time of the year, 19.78 seconds, to win his 200m semifinal heat.

As Bolt sprinted down the straightaway, he looked to his right and appeared to say something to Andre De Grasse with a big grin on his face. De Grasse finished .02 seconds after Bolt to break the Canadian national record.

“I’m happy,” Bolt said to NBC’s Lewis Johnson. “I’m on the right track.”

Bolt already won his third consecutive Olympic 100m gold medal in Rio. Now he is racing to become the first man to win three consecutive Olympic 200m titles.

Five-time Olympic medalist Justin Gatlin failed to advance to the final. He finished third in his heat in 20.13 seconds, missing an automatic qualifying spot by .03 seconds.

Fellow U.S. sprinter LaShawn Merritt won his heat in 19.94 seconds. He has the top time, 19.74 seconds, in the world this year.

Bolt is the 200m world record holder with a time of 19.19 seconds. He was asked if he was on track to break his own record.

“It’s going to be hard,” Bolt said. “I may get a world record, but I think getting a sub-19 [seconds] is going to be hard to get, to tell you the truth.”

The 200m final is Thursday at 9:30 p.m. ET. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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