Usain Bolt further cemented his place in the sporting history books by winning his third consecutive Olympic gold medal in the men’s 200m sprint final in Rio de Janeiro.

The Jamaican superstar crossed the line in a time of 19.78 seconds, but was unable to deliver a world record time as he had hoped.

Earlier this week, Bolt became the first athlete to win three gold medals in the 100m sprint at consecutive Olympic games. He has now become the first to win three consecutive golds in the 200m, and will become the first athlete to achieve a ‘triple-triple’ if he can also win gold with his countrymen in the 4x100m relay, having also been part of the winning team at the Beijing and then London games.

Canada’s Andre de Grasse took silver in a time of 20.02 seconds, while France’s Christophe Lemaitre scored a bronze medal with a run of 20.12 seconds.

Breaking the hearts of Brits the world over, Great Britain’s Adam Gemili also finished the race in 20.12 seconds but was not awarded a place on the podium.

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