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Usain Bolt Reaches Unprecedented Territory With 200-Meter Victory

The Jamaican sprinter is the first person to win both the 100-meter and 200-meter events in three consecutive Olympic Games.

19/08/2016 7:24 AM IST | Updated 19/08/2016 9:11 PM IST
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Usain Bolt competes in the men's 200m Final at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 18, 2016.

Usain Bolt won his second gold medal during the Rio Olympics on Thursday night in the men’s 200-meter dash.

The feat makes the Jamaican sprinter the first person to win both the 100-meter and 200-meter events in three consecutive games in an accomplishment known as a triple-double. He now holds eight Olympic medals, all of them gold.

Bolt failed to beat his own world record of 19.19 seconds set in 2009, but snagged first place regardless with a time of 19.78 seconds. Andre De Grasse of Canada came in second with 20.02, and Christophe Lemaitre of France won the bronze with a time of 20.12.

Bolt, often dubbed the “fastest man on earth,” has been credited with reviving a dying sport with his charisma and unprecedented speed, becoming a legend on the track and an international superstar.

In Rio, he’s retained his legendary status of being infinitely photographable. Earlier this week, his grin became a meme during his semifinal race of the 200-meter race. The Jamaican let out a good-natured laugh while crossing the finish line alongside Canadian Andre De Grasse, who appeared to try and pass Bolt.

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Bolt and De Grasse laugh following a semi-final of the men's 200-meter dash.

Earlier this month, the 29-year-old confirmed Rio would be his last Olympics.

“Yes, this is the last Olympics for sure, I have done everything, and have proven myself,” he told reporters at a press conference.

Bolt has the chance to win one last medal during the men’s 4x100-meter relay on Friday. If the Jamaican team wins, his triple-double will be upgraded to an unimaginable triple-triple.

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Usain Bolt celebrates after winning the Men's 200m Final at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 18, 2016.
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