After becoming the first to ever win the men’s 100-meters in three consecutive Olympics, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt looks to deepen his mark on the sport and the 2016 Rio Games in the 200-meters and the 4x100-meters relay later this week.
Though it was a rather slow race for Bolt and the rest of the 100 field, the 29-year-old superstar clocked 9.81 seconds in what he’s called the final Olympics of his career and next looks to defend his golds in the 200 and 4x100 relay with his Jamaica teammates.
"Somebody said I can become immortal," Bolt said after Sunday’s final. "Two more medals to go and I can sign off. Immortal."
The now seven-time gold medalist Bolt will first return to the Olympic Stadium track on Tuesday for the 200-meters’ first-round heats, where he’ll see several of his competitors from the 100 meters in the United States’ Justin Gatlin, Canada’s Andre de Grasse, and Jamaica teammate Yohan Blake.
Bolt, who employed his patented late kick down the final 40 meters to blow past early leader silver-medalist Gatlin, told reporters he wasn’t completely satisfied with his race.
"It wasn't perfect today, but I got it done and I'm pretty proud of what I've achieved," Bolt said. "Nobody else has done it or even attempted it. I expected to go faster, but I'm happy that I won. I did what I had to."
Just like in the 100, Bolt has a world record to defend in the 200. Back in 2009 at the World Championships in Berlin, Bolt broke his own record of 19.30 seconds and ran a 19.19, a time no one has touched since.
The first of six heats of the 200-meters will start at 10:50 a.m. ET and run until about 11:30 a.m.. Should Bolt advance he will then have a day off before the 200-meters final takes place Thursday at 9:30 p.m. ET.
Bolt's final Olympic race, assuming two-time defending champion Jamaica qualifies for the 4x100-meter final, will be held Friday at 9:35 p.m.