Usain Bolt eases past qualifiers to enter semi-finals of 200m: Bolt, who had just won with a huge margin at the 100m event at the Rio Olympics 2016, consecutively in the third year, also qualified for the event that he was eyeing for all time at the Rio Games, the 200 meters event.
Bolt was running in lane five in the qualifiers round. He clocked a respectable 20.28 seconds which sent him soaring into the semifinals for the event. Bolt’s archrivals and toughest competitors for the title – Justin Gatlin and Lashawn Merritt, both from USA also qualified for Wednesday’s semi-finals, while Andrew De Grasse was the quickest qualifier in 20.09 seconds.
The final for the 200-meter men’s event will take place on Thursday, where Bolt hopes to grab the gold.
“It’s a morning session and I’m not really a morning person. I just came out to qualify and that’s what I did,” said Bolt.
“I’m surprised it’s so settled. Normally we have to do two rounds in one day. It’s actually much better for the 200m so we have time to recover over the days. For me it’s easy I’ve been doing it for years. You just celebrate on the night, just be happy and then you refocus the next day to go again”, he further added.
If Bolt wins the finals on Thursday, after cruising through the semis on Wednesday, he will be creating history as he will be winning his third consecutive gold in the event. He has already won gold in Beijing 2008 Games and London 2012 Games.
Experts say that on Tuesday, for the qualifiers, he did just enough to get through to the semis, applauding his strategy of saving energy for the real deal.
“I know how to run a 200m. [Wednesday] I’ll show much better progress because I will have to run faster so I’m looking forward to that”, said Bolt.
The semi-finals take place at 02:00 BST.