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RIO OLYMPICS 2016: USAIN BOLT 200M Final Video Rio Olympics 2016: Triple - Double Gold Victory (CNN)

Live coverage as Usain Bolt wins 200m final at Rio Olympics for gold triple-double, updates, results

USAIN Bolt has achieved his goal of athletics “immortality”, blowing away his rivals for an unprecedented three straight 100m-200m Olympic gold medals.

Bolt may have missed the world record he had his heart set on but it did nothing to dampen the celebrations of the great Jamaican or the Brazilian crowd that has taken him in as one of their own.

Bolt won in 19.78 seconds from 100m silver medallist Andre DeGrasse (20.02), with Frenchman Christophe Lemaitre (20.12) a delighted bronze winner.

“I have proven to the world over and over again that I am the greatest,” Bolt told Channel 7.

WATCH BOLT’S HISTORIC 200M WIN IN THE VIDEO ABOVE

Bolt, who noticeably tore the competitor number off his right leg in frustration moments after crossing the line, provided two reasons for not getting the world record. One, he’s getting older. Two, in a subtle dig at the rivals who could not get near him, he said he had no help.

“I wanted a faster time,” Bolt told NBC. “I felt good, but when I came into the straight, my body wouldn’t respond to me, so I guess it is just age and all the rounds is taking its toll. I wanted to run faster. I really wanted to go faster.

“I came on with that mindset. I think it would have helped if I had somebody faster in front of me, to really pull me, to run out of the corner a little faster. I came into the straight. I tried. But my body would not respond to me.”

Bolt set the world record of 19.19sec at the 2009 world championships, having previously held the mark at 19.30 from the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Bolt lamented the winning time but said he had confirmed his claim as the greatest ever in what is planned as his final Olympics at age 29.

“I really wanted to run faster but I came out here to win and that is the first thing. I am happy about that. I can’t do any more. I have proven to the world over and over again that I am the greatest. That is all I can do,” he told Channel 7.

“I keep telling these young ones, I will never let you guys beat me, never, it is not going to happen. This is why I am getting older, I am slowing down so I need to get out of the sport.”

Asked what he was most proud of, Bolt said: “Just coming back from injury and staying focused, I think that’s been the hardest part and I’ve got it done, so I’m proud of that.”

Bolt now has eight gold medals across the Beijing, London and Rio Olympics and will aim to complete the golden triple-triple by winning his ninth gold in the 4x100m relay with Jamaica.

Bolt also ran 19.78 in his 200m semi-final, joking with Andre DeGrasse as they crossed the line.

“Somebody said if I win these three gold medals I would be immortal and I kind of liked it. So I’m going to run with that one,” he said before the race.

“I came here to win three gold medals, I came here to prove myself as one of the greats.”

Bolt was in the arena early and showed extreme levels of relation, dancing happily away to music in his head phones.

About half an hour before the gun, rain started to fall in the Olympic Stadium and heavy winds whipped up.

After his win the crowd chanted his name again and he played along, pumping the air with his fist and then cupping a hand to his ear.

He then went into the crowd and posed for selfies with them behind him. Bolt then brought out the trademark Bolt celebration pose. Before leaving the arena, he paused to kiss lane six.

Ryan Gregson has become the first Australian man since Graham Crouch in 1976 to make an Olympic 1500m final, after finishing fourth in his semi at Rio 2016.

SOUTH African runner Caster Semenya received a restrained welcome to the Rio track on Friday as she cruised into the final of the 800m ahead of what most judges believes will be a certain gold medal.

Semenya, the so-called intersex athlete, took her time to dominate the third semi-final but turned on the power in the final bend to run away as an easy winner. Semenya was fastest qualifier for the final in 1:58.15

USAIN Bolt has achieved his goal of athletics "immortality", blowing away his rivals for an unprecedented three straight 100m-200m Olympic gold medals.
Bolt may have missed the world record he had his heart set on, but it did nothing to dampen the celebrations of the great Jamaican or the Brazilian crowd that has taken him in as one of their own

Bolt won in 19.78 seconds from 100m silver medallist Andre DeGrasse with Frenchman Christophe Lemaitre a delighted bronze winner.

Bolt set the world record of 19.19s at the 2009 world championships, having previously held the mark at 19.30 from the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
He ran 19.80 in his semifinal, joking with Andre DeGrasse as they crossed the line.

"Somebody said if I win these three gold medals I would be immortal and I kind of liked it.

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