Bolt goes for another gold as Lochte saga consumes Rio games

Gatlin, who came second behind Bolt in the 100-meters final, finished third in his heat, struggling home behind Alonso Edward of Panama and Churandy Martina of the Netherlands.

After losing to Usain Bolt in the 100-meter final Sunday, Justin Gatlin was looking to secure his shot of redemption against his rival in the 200-meter final Thursday night.

"I wasn't fully surprised", Bolt said of Gatlin's elimination. It'd be the second leg of a potential triple-triple for the 29-year-old; he's seeking to win the 100 metres, 200 and 4x100-metre relay for the third successive Olympic Games. "It's a fact the older you get, the rougher it gets to double".

"I definitely think I can try for the world record", said the sprinter, whose current record in the 200 stands at 19.19 seconds. "It's tougher than I thought it was going to be but I'm handling everything pretty well mentally and physically".

Ali was clear in second place when she crossed the line to take silver in 12.59, but Castlin, who was fourth over the final hurdle, faced a nervous wait before discovering she had done enough in the dash to the finish to take bronze in 12.61. I told him to ease up but he wanted to run to the end. "I always get tripped up or tangled up with someone", Farah said.

Tonight, Sharpe expects De Grasse to show off his tremendous finishing power - or "speed endurance" as some call it - to push Bolt to the limits. "I will be hoping for lane six or seven maybe to be able to run as smooth as I can".

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Following the victory, Bolt told media the Canadian was "supposed to slow down".

Setting fast times and winning races is nothing new for Bolt.

"I think I'm more nervous over 200 meters than anything else for some reason", he said.

The last time he lost a major 200m race was in the 2007 worlds when he was edged by American Tyson Gay, though training partner Blake did take him down in the 2012 Jamaican trials. That would be the 400, where four nights earlier, Merritt staggered across the line in third, almost a full second off of Wayde van Niekerk's world-record pace. "Inevitably he's going to have to get stronger and more powerful so that he can direct more force into the ground", Wells said.

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Usain Bolt and Ryan Lochte commanded the Olympic spotlight Thursday for drastically different reasons.

Two of the athletes who in theory could have threatened Bolt, or at least the medals, will not even line up in the final. De Grasse trailed the Jamaican by 0.02 seconds.

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