Usain Bolt

Rio de Janeiro, Aug 19 (IANS) Usain Bolt has expressed his wish to be ranked alongside Pele and Muhammad Ali in sport’s pantheon of greats after winning his third straight Olympic 200m title here.

The Jamaican clocked 19.78 seconds to beat Canada’s Andre De Grasse by 0.24 seconds on Thursday. France’s Christophe Lemaitre claimed bronze, reports Xinhua.

Bolt’s victory came just four days after he also achieved a hat-trick of Olympic gold medals in the 100m.

Another triumph with Jamaica’s 4x100m relay team on Saturday would give the 29-year-old an unprecedented third straight clean sweep of Olympic sprint titles.

“I don’t need to prove anything else,” Bolt said. “What else can I do to prove to the world I am the greatest?

“I am trying to be one of the greatest; be among [Muhammad] Ali and Pele. I hope after these Games I will be in that bracket.”

Pele, Brazil’s three-time football World Cup winner, and the late Ali — who won three world heavyweight boxing titles — are widely considered the greatest sportspeople in history.

Despite his 200m success here, Bolt did not hide his disappointment at failing to break his own world record in the event, which he set in 2009.

Immediately after the race he threw his arm in frustration while grimacing at television cameras.

“I ran hard around the turn. On the straight, my body didn’t respond. I’m getting old,” Bolt said.

When asked how the latest gold medal ranked among other career highlights, the sprint legend replied: “All of them are special. The 200m is my favourite event. There is a lot of focus. I am relieved.”

And he reiterated his intention to retire after the Rio Games.

“I want to say so,” he added. “I think this is the last one.”

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