#Rio2016 #Olympics: Bolt wins 200m, eighth Olympic gold

Usain Bolt celebrates after winning the men's 200m final of the Rio 2016 at the Olympic Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. PHOTO: EPA.

Usain Bolt won the men’s 200m to claim his second Rio 2016 gold, his eighth at an Olympics, and keep alive his hopes of an unprecedented ‘treble treble.’

The Jamaican ran 19.78 seconds to come home ahead of Canada’s Andre de Grasse (20.02 secs) and France’s Christophe Lemaitre (20.12 secs).

Britain’s Adam Gemili clocked the same time as Lemaitre, but was denied his first Olympic medal in a photo finish.

Bolt has already won the 100m in Rio and will run in the 4x100m relay final on Friday (02:35 BST, Saturday).

The 29-year-old star athlete, who said in February he would retire after the 2017 World Championships, has won all eight Olympic finals in which he has appeared.

“The fact I came here and executed what I wanted to is a brilliant feeling,” he told BBC Sport.”

Bolt was however, not pleased with his time despite retaining the 200m Olympic title.

“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.

“I wanted to run a faster time,” he said. “I knew it was going to be hard to break the world record because when I came off the corner, my legs decided: ‘Listen, we’re not going to go any faster.’

“I wasn’t fully happy but the key thing is that I won and that’s what I came here for. I’m not 21 anymore.”

Only US sprinter and long jumper Carl Lewis and Finnish long-distance runner Paavo Nurmi have won more Olympic gold medals in athletics.