Usain Bolt at Rio 2016: When is the 200m final and can the Jamaican break his world record?

BY CAMERON MACPHAIL

Usain Bolt’s unique Olympic Games ‘triple triple’ bid began with 100m victory. Next up is the 200m

When is Usain Bolt running the 200m at Rio 2016?

The fastest man in the world, who holds the world record in the 100m, 200m and the 4x100m relay and won gold in all of those events at Beijing 2008 and London 2012, is attempting to pull off an unprecedented ‘triple triple’. If he achieves this feat, he will cement his name as the greatest sprinter in history.

Bolt from the blue: The Jamaican wins again in Rio (Photo: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Bolt from the blue: The Jamaican wins again in Rio (Photo: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Bolt got completed the first part of the bid with a win in the 100m on Sunday (14 August) in a time of 9.81 seconds. USA’s Justin Gatlin won silver and Canadian Andre de Grasse came third.

His 200m heats begin on Tuesday 16 August at 11.50am. He has hinted at a world record attempt. Has he recovered from the hamstring injury he sustained earlier in the year?

Can Bolt dip below the 19-second barrier? The answer will come on Thursday 18 August. “I think if I can get a good night’s rest after the semi-finals, it’s possible,” Bolt said. “I’m going to leave it all on the track and do the best I possibly can,” he added.

Bolt faces stiff competition

Bolt has repeatedly said he wants to be the first man to dip under 19 seconds for the 200m but his fastest time this year is 19.89sec, set at the London Anniversary Games last month.

Four runners have gone quicker than Bolt over the distance this season. Heading the list is LaShawn Merritt of the USA, who shocked the athletics community with an incredible 19.74 earlier this year at the US Olympic trials in Eugene on 8 July. He has also clocked under 19.80 three times already in 2016.

100m silver medallist Justin Gatlin clocked 19.75 last month. The closest Bolt has come to his 2009 record is the 19.32 four years ago when he won the gold at the London 2012 Olympics Games.

 (Photo: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
(Photo: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Usain Bolt’s 200m timings

200m first round: Tues, 16 August 11.50am
200m semi-final: Wed, 17 August 10pm
200m final: Thu, 18 August 10.30pm

Bolt has been preparing in style

Natural showman Bolt perhaps holds the record for the only person to turn a press conference into a samba show.

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Usain Bolt is all over social media

So now you are covered for Bolt’s activity on the track. For his activities off it, he is also prolific on social media and as you can imagine, his posts are as entertaining as he is. Follow him on Instagram, Twitter,and for his most up-to-the-minute activity, be sure to follow him on Snapchat too.

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