Olympic champion, Usain Bolt is not happy with his 200m race despite winning the race. He ran 19.78 seconds to come home ahead of Canada’s Andre de Grasse and France’s Christophe Lemaitre.
“The fact I came here and executed what I wanted to is a brilliant feeling,” he said
“I wasn’t happy with the time when I crossed the line but I’m excited I got the gold medal – that’s the key thing.”
Only US sprinter and long jumper Carl Lewis and Finnish long-distance runner Paavo Nurmi have won more Olympic gold medals in athletics.
Lewis won nine golds between 1984 and 1996, while Nurmi also won nine between 1920 and 1928.
“What else can I do to prove I am the greatest? I’m trying to be one of the greatest, to be among Ali and Pele,” added Bolt.
Bolt believed he could break his world record of 19.19 and even go under 19 seconds in Rio’s Olympic Stadium.
So the slow time – by his standards at least – left the Jamaican gesticulating angrily as he crossed the line more than two tenths of a second ahead of De Grasse.
But Bolt quickly broke into a beaming smile, celebrating with a trademark ‘Lightning Bolt’ as thousands of fans chanted his name.
Bolt’s major 200m wins
2008 Olympic Games, Beijing 19.30secs – world record
2009 World Championships, Berlin 19.19 – world record
2011 World Championships, Daegu 19.40
2012 Olympic Games, London 19.32 – Olympic record
2013 World Championships, Moscow 19.66
2015 World Championships, Beijing 19.55
2016 Olympic Games, Rio 19.78