Usain Bolt wins third straight 200m gold in final individual Olympic race

Usain Bolt

Gold: Usain Bolt (Jamaica)
Silver: Andre De Grasse (Jamaica)
Bronze: Christophe Lemaitre (France)

Putting the final touches on his Olympic legacy , Usain Bolt won the Olympic 200m gold medal Thursday night in Rio. It was likely the last individual Olympic race for the eight-time gold medalist.

Bolt crossed the line in 19.78 seconds. It was his slowest time in an Olympic final.

With three Olympic gold medals in both the 100m and 200m, Bolt became the third athlete in Olympic history to win two individual events at three Olympics, joining Michael Phelps and Ray Ewry.

Andre De Grasse, the Canadian sprinter who unsuccessfully challenged a smiling Bolt in his semifinal heat, finished second in 20.02 seconds.

France’s Christophe Lemaitre earned the bronze medal.

LaShawn Merritt, the lone American to reach the final, finished sixth.

Bolt remained perfect in Olympic finals. The world’s fastest man won his seventh Olympic gold medal on Sunday, in the 100m.

Bolt, who will turn 30 on Sunday, is not done yet. He is expected to run in the 4x100m final tomorrow night at 9:35 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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