No World Record last night but USAIN BOLT created more history completing his Triple in the 200m with GOLD in 19.78!
He didn’t run the curve as well as he usually does (because of the rain perhaps?) but ran a good curve nonetheless ahead of the field. He also did not power through the stretch and separate himself from about 60m to 80m left like old times, but that’s age.
It is obvious he wanted a better time but with the injury and only competing in the 200m once before the Olympics, compounded with the weather conditions and him concentrating too hard on his time, all factored into the result.
One step at a time Usain. The title was most important last night and Jamaicans couldn’t be prouder.
According to USA Today, Andre DeGrasse of Canada had talks about tiring out Usain in the Semi-Final since he is younger so should recover faster for the Final. He also said if Usain breaks the World Record he would be right their with him. Well, looks like he was the one who didn’t recover faster because he got the Silver in 20.02 after runing 19.80 in the Semi-Final. Suga believes their Bromance has come to a quick end.
It was a close call for the Bronze but Cristophe LeMaitre of France came through for it in 20.12. He has never given up! Adam Gemili of Great Britain was 4th in 20.12 separated by thousandths of a second. Churandy Martina of Netherlamds was 5th in 20.13.
LaShawn Merritt showed his age last night too (30 years) as well as the fact that he may have been too tired from the 400m and placed 6th.
So it is a nicely mixed podium and Usain Bolt removed all doubts if any and showed that he IS the G.O.A.T.
Moving on to later today, Usain will go for the Triple-Triple, where Gold in the 4×100m Relay will have him retire from his last Olympics with a perfect slate.
Young Elaine Thompson also has the opportunity to go after a Triple for the 1st time.
Note that Jamaica is the first country to have a man and woman win the 100m and 200m in the same Olympics!
Our Jamaican Men and Women will not have it easy in the 4×100m Relays with tired legs for the Men and a faster US team for the Ladies. But fingers crossed things will still go our way!
Starting Line-ups are suspected to be as follows:
Women’s 4×100m Relay Team
Christania to Elaine to VCB to Shelly
Men’s 4×100m Relay Team
Ashmeade to Asafa to Blake to Bolt
Lane Assignments are as follows:
Good Luck Jamaica!
By: Gabrielle Burgess
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