Usain Bolt’s ‘triple triple’ quest is one win away from fruition after a dominant victory over 200 metres at Rio 2016 – his last individual appearance at the Olympic Games.
The Jamaican, who will target an unprecedented ninth sprint gold in the 4x100m relay on Friday, clocked 19.78 seconds to finish well clear of the field.
Canada’s Andre de Grasse took silver in 20.02s, with France’s Christophe Lemaitre narrowly pipping Great Britain’s Adam Gemili into bronze as both men posted 20.12s.
Bolt has already intimated he will not run the 200m at the 2017 World Championships in London, effectively ending his career over the distance.
Bolt tore around the bend as attention quickly switched to the clock, but the 29-year-old – just two days shy of his 30th birthday – looked heavy in the home straight and posted a mediocre time by his lofty standards.
“I’m excited that I got the gold medal. That’s the main thing.”
Meanwhile, Gemili was disconsolate after he missed a spot on the podium by three thousandths of a second.
The 22-year-old produced a fine run from lane two, but was unable to sneak ahead of Lemaitre as he finished an agonising fourth.