GHANA’s Emmanuel Dasor will this morning compete in the 200m race alongside some big guns of the track, but he might not get any attention at all because the fastest man in the world, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt is in action.
Bolt returns to the Estádio Olímpico João Havelange less than 48 hours (11.50am local time) after defending his 100m Olympic title for an unprecedented third time.
The Jamaican legend dazzled and defeated some of the finest assemblage of athletes including his bragging rival and two-time convicted drug cheat, Justin Gatlin of the USA, in a time of 9.81 seconds, a show that secured his place as the greatest sprinter of all time.
Indeed, he is the only human to win the Olympic 100 three times, which he accomplished at three consecutive Games, recording a far better time of 9.69 seconds and 9.63 in the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 respectively.
Gatlin managed the silver medal in 9.89 seconds with Andre De Grasse of Canada settling for bronze in 9.91. Though utterly frustrated, the American was gracious in defeat and lauded Bolt.
“He rises to the occasion, he is a great runner,” Gatlin told journalists.
Bolt’s chief contender in the 200m is LaShawn Merritt of the USA, who shook the athletics world with an inconceivable 19.74 earlier this year and has clocked under 19.80 three times already in 2016.
The Jamaican sprint king has said on numerous occasions that he is aiming to ‘scatter’ the world record of 19.19 he set at the Berlin World Championships in 2009 with a sub 19-second clocking.
Bolt, who also holds the world record in the 200m and the 4x100m relay and won gold in all of those events at Beijing 2008 and London 2012, is attempting to pull off an unprecedented ‘triple triple.’
If he does accomplish this incredible feat, he will fully guarantee his name as the greatest sprinter in history.
According to the revised athletics schedule, the semi-final races will be held on Wednesday at 10.pm (1.am GMT) with the grand finale taking place at exactly 10.30pm (1.30am GMT) on Thursday.
From: John Vigah, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil