Invincible! Bolt wins Olympic 200m

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August 19, 2016
2012 LONDON, ENGLAND Bolt celebrates his gold medal win in the men's 200-meter.

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil:

The greatest. Immortal. The best ever. Pick your superlative and then put Usain Bolt's name beside it.

In his final individual Olympic appearance, Bolt crowned his legacy with a 19.78 win in the men's 200m final inside a packed Olympic Stadium.

It was his sixth straight gold and his 23rd straight win in the 200m at a major championship, lifting his overall gold medal tally to eight - one behind Carl Lewis. That's sure to annoy him, but he will get his chance to change that today in the 4x100m final.

A brilliant start, a strong curve and a bustling sprint to the finish line. In truth he was never threatened. The clock had become the focus. Like he has so many times on this stage, Bolt was running against time. He couldn't win that battle last night, there was a little rain before the start, but no lightning this time for the big Jamaican.

Second place went to the impressive young Canadian Andre De Grasse in 20.02 with France's Christophe Lemaitre, 20.12 winning the bronze medal.

Annsert Whyte was rightly pleased with yet another personal best performance in the 400m hurdles event - his third at these Games.

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Whyte, who had earlier clocked 48.37 in the heats and 48.32 in the semi-finals - winning both, again took his all time record down in the final, crossing the line in 48.07 seconds - the fourth fastest time by a Jamaican, for his fifth placed finish.

"I did my best, I gave it my all, there is nothing more that I could have done," said Whyte after his race.

The event was won by American Kerron Clement, who posted a personal best 47.73 with second going to Boniface Tumuti (Kenya), 47.78 and Turkey's Yasmani Copello, 47.92 taking the bronze.

O'Dayne Richards became the second Jamaican after Dorian Scott to qualify for the men's shot put final with a best of 20.40m in the qualification round before a messy series in the final, which resulted in only two legal throws and mark of 20.64m, which left him in eighth position.

"I do not feel too disappointed, I had a rough year, God has been good to me," said Richards.

The gold medal went to American Ryan Crouser, who threw an Olympic record 22.52m to beat teammate Joe Kovacs, 21.78m and New Zealand's Tom Walsh, 21.36m.

Ristananna Tracey, 54.15 and Leah Nugent, 54.45 posted personal best times for their fifth and sixth place finishes in the women's 400m hurdles final while Janieve Russell ran seventh in a time of 54.56.

The favourite Dalilah Muhammad (USA) obliged to win the gold medal in 53.13 with Denmark's Sara Petersen, 53.55 taking the silver and another American Ashley Spencer, 53.72 winning bronze.

The team of Jevaughn Minzie, Asafa Powell, Nickel Ashmeade and Kemar Bailey - Cole posted 37.94 to finish second in their heat behind Japan, 37.68.

Bolt and Yohan Blake are expected to be added to the team for the final which starts at 10:35pm (8:35pm Jamaica time).

The women's team, which was made up of Simone Facey, Sashalee Forbes, Veronica Campbell-Brown and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won their heat in 41.79 and are the second fastest team through to the 10:15pm (8:15pm Jamaica time) final, which is expected to feature Elaine Thompson and possibly Christania Williams.

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