Rio 2016: Bolt storms to 200m gold

In eight Olympic finals, Usain Bolt is yet to taste defeat. The Jamaican's victory in the 200m on Thursday never looked in doubt.

The majestic Usain Bolt once again broke new ground at Rio 2016 by storming to a third successive Olympic 200 metre title and the eighth gold medal of his illustrious career.

Bolt made history last weekend when he became the first man to win the 100m on three occasions, a time of 9.81 seconds enough to get the better of nearest rivals Justin Gatlin and Andre De Grasse.

A red-hot favourite over the longer distance, the Jamaican superstar did not disappoint on Thursday as he triumphed comfortably in 19.78secs to maintain his perfect record in Olympic finals and stay on course for a remarkable 'triple-triple'.

De Grasse (20.02) and Christophe Lemaitre (20.12) took silver and bronze respectively, the latter recording the same time as Great Britain's Adam Gemili, but Thursday's main event at the Olympic Stadium was all about one man.

Victory as part of his country's sprint relay team on Friday would see Bolt complete a clean sweep of golds in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m, as he did at Beijing 2008 and London 2012.