We’ll tell it to you like this: Seven runners set their feet into the starting blocks at the men’s 200m final the Rio Olympics on Thursday, each of them hungry for a gold medal in the event. A gun sounded and they scrambled to make it to the other side of the track faster than they had before.
When they arrived, Usain Bolt was already there, waiting for them.
— Digicel Jamaica (@DIGICELJamaica) August 19, 2016
With a time of 19.79, this was the third time the Jamaican sprinter has won gold in this Olympic event and his dominance of it has become as much of a foregone conclusion as water being wet or trees being made of wood. He already walked down the 100m final the other day like it was nothing at 9.81.
But to Bolt himself, he just wasn’t quick enough.
“I really wanted to run faster,” he told NBC Sports after the race, remarking that he did not come close to setting a record because his legs gave out. “I think it would have helped if I had someone faster in front of me to really run faster.”
Yeah, but the thing is, there’s nobody faster. He’s already the fastest ever in the 200, having set the record at 19.19 at the 2009 World Track and Field Championships in Berlin.
Thursday night’s win is his eighth Olympic gold medal and he’s still due to run the men’s 4x100m relay on Friday. If he gets the gold there, it will be a triple-triple for him, having won three gold medals in the same events in Beijing in 2008, London in 2012 and Rio in 2016.