Usain Bolt kept his bid for an unprecedented eighth medal in sprint on track after winning qualifying for the men’s 200m semi-finals on Tuesday. He clocked 20.28 seconds in the heats to qualify for the next round.
Bolt ran in Heat 9 of the 200m and went to win it with easily with bringing down his pace in the last 30 metres.
Bolt is bidding for another treble of medals after winning the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay medals at the last two Olympics.
He won his seventh medal in sprint after winning the 100m race at the Rio 2016 Olympics with a timing of 9.69 seconds on Sunday.
Bolt’s arch-rival, Justin Gatlin also qualified for the 200m semi-finals after winning Heat 5 with a timing of 20.43 seconds. He had earlier finished second in the men’s 100m final behind Bolt.
Yohan Blake, silver medallist from London, also qualified with a timing of 20.13 seconds. Blake could win a medal in 100m final as he finished fourth.
In the 200m heats, Andre de Grasse clocked the fastest time heats in 20.09 seconds, followed by Hortelano Bruno with 20.12 seconds and Yohan Blake in 20.13 seconds.
De Grasse won a bronze medal in the 100m final in Rio Games.