Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt has won eight gold medals in his storied career, but perhaps his most impressive race came Thursday night in Rio. Bolt won the 200 meter final in 19.78 seconds. But the real story was how far in front of the rest of the field he finished.
Bolt, who is undoubtedly the greatest sprinter of all-time, finished at least two strides ahead of every other competitor in the field. Canada’s Andre De Grasse finished in second place at 20.02 seconds, while France’s Christophe Lemaitre finished third in 20.12 seconds. They’ll take the silver medal and the bronze medal, respectively.
Here’s video of the race. Bolt build a sizable lead early and perhaps even slowed down towards the end once he knew he had secured the win.
— Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) August 19, 2016
Photos showing Bolt’s lead on the field have been going viral.
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) August 19, 2016
It wasn’t close. pic.twitter.com/0KjVBoZ7Uv
— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) August 19, 2016
Bolt, in addition to doing his signature celebration, performed one of LeBron James’ most well-known moves. It’s unclear whether that was planned or spontaneous.
— Andrew Jerell Jones (@sluggahjells) August 19, 2016
Bolt, who is 29 years old, has competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the 2012 London Olympics and now the 2016 Rio Olympics. He has a shot at one more gold medal this year – the 4×100 meter relay. Should he win that, he’ll have earned three gold medals per set of games the past three Olympics.
Will Bolt, at 33 years old, still have enough left in the tank to compete in the 2020 Tokyo games? It remains to be seen – but it’d be surprising. The fact that he’s remained an elite sprinter through three different Olympic cycles is remarkable. He’s one of the best athletes on the planet – even if we’re only reminded of that fact every four years.