Latest Sports Scores

Scoreboard

  • ALL
  • NBA
  • NHL
  • NCAAB
  • NBA
  • Final
    BKN107
    ATL92
  • Final
    PHO106
    CHA120
  • Final
    OKC125
    HOU137
  • Final
    CHI109
    MIL94
  • Final
    SAC98
    LAC97
  • Live
    MIA43
    BOS28
  • Live
    PHI41
    IND43
  • 3/26 8:00 PM EDT
    NO0
    DEN0
  • 3/26 8:00 PM EDT
    MEM0
    GS0
  • 3/26 9:30 PM EDT
    POR0
    LAL0
  • NHL
  • Final
    MIN2
    DET3
  • Live
    DAL0
    NJ1
  • 3/26 7:00 PM EDT
    PHI0
    PIT0
  • 3/26 8:00 PM EDT
    VAN0
    WPG0
  • 3/26 9:00 PM EDT
    NYR0
    ANA0
  • CBK
  • Final
    SC77
    FLA70
  • Live
    KTY47
    UNC52

Early bird Usain Bolt coasts into 200m semis

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
Before you go close icon
Usain Bolt's Smiling Picture

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 16 (Reuters) - Usain Bolt roused a quiet morning at the Olympic stadium as only he can on Tuesday, remaining firmly on course for his historic 'triple triple' by coasting through the 200 meters heats in 20.28 seconds.

Racing in the ninth heat and cheered every step of the way by the sparse but vocal crowd, the Jamaican led coming off the bend and was able to take his foot off the gas to progress comfortably to Wednesday's semi-finals.

Bolt secured the 100 meters title on Sunday to take another step on the path to an unprecedented third successive sweep of all three Olympic sprint titles -- 100, 200 and 4x100 meters.

SEE MORE: Everything you need to know about the Summer Olympics

The Jamaican considers the 200 his specialist event and has promised to mount a Rio assault on his 1999 world record of 19.19, but that will have to wait for the final.

"I've recovered but I'm a bit tired," Bolt told reporters.

"I'm not really a morning person, I just came out here to qualify and that's what I did. I get nervous because it's my favorite event and I don't want to lose. I'll be much better tomorrow."

The man most likely to beat him, Justin Gatlin, also had no problems getting through, even if he coasted through the final 20 meters to win his heat in a relatively pedestrian 20.42.

The American said he had already moved on from the disappointment of being beaten once again at a major championship by Bolt after winning silver in the 100.

"I'm been motivated since the day I got here and I'll be motivated until that last shot across the line," said the 34-year-old.

"I'm in a whole different event now, I have to take my 100 meters hat off and concentrate on the 200. It's not even about time at this stage, it's about execution."

SEE ALSO: A day-by-day schedule of the 2016 Rio Olympics​​​​​​

His compatriot LaShawn Merritt is the fastest man this year over the half-lap and he showed no signs of fatigue from winning a bronze medal in the 400 meters on Sunday, a strong finish carrying him to victory in heat eight in 20.15.

Canada's Andre de Gasse, bronze medallist in the 100, ran the quickest time of the session, clocking 20.09 to cross first in the final heat.

Bolt's compatriot Yohan Blake, who finished fourth in the 100 on Sunday, was third on the timesheets, easing up over the last 10 meters to finish in 20.13.

"I'm really feeling comfortable," said Blake. "My chances are really good, I been training really hard and I'm feeling more speed and strength."

American Ameer Webb had to sweat it out to qualify on time after finishing third in the same heat, which was won by Bruno Hortelano in a Spanish record time of 20.12, but his 20.31 ultimately proved quick enough to keep him in the competition.

(Editing by Clare Fallon)

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

How To Be as Fast as Usain Bolt

Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.

From Our Partners