Rio 2016 Thursday night round-up

Usain Bolt
Usain Bolt is in hunt for the historic ‘Treble-Treble’

The biggest story from last night in the ongoing Rio 2016 Olympics is Jamaica Superstar Usain Bolt winning his eighth gold.

Unarguably the fastest man on the planet, Bolt has won two gold medals at this year’s Games and is on course to complete the famous ‘Treble-Treble’.

Bolt has proven over a period of eight years that he is a force to be reckoned with on the tracks and as he won a third successive Olympic 200m Gold on Thursday.

The victory in his favored event was Bolt’s 13th individual world or Olympic sprint title from a possible 14 since he took athletics by storm at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

He once said he wanted to be remembered as a legend with the likes of Muhammad Ali and Pele. Perhaps he has attained those heights with performances at Beijing 2008, London 2012 and now the Rio 2016.

He didn’t come across as totally pleased with his time of 19.78s as he aimed to break his own World Record of 19.19s he set in 2008.

However, the legend will take the victory and march on to the complete another treble of gold medals as Jamaica have the 4 x100 men’s final coming up later on Friday.

Elsewhere on the tracks, Defending champions United States reached the women’s 4x100m relay final at the second attempt after dropping the baton in their heat.

The Americans ran on their own at the Olympic Stadium after successfully arguing they were obstructed in the first race earlier on Thursday.

They ran 41.77s to beat the time set by eighth-fastest China.

If there was a body of water by the Great Wall of China, it may have served a good purpose for kids like Ren Qian to train. The 15-year old won Gold after she dived five times with a variety of skills including somersaults.

Qian completed five dives and a superb inward three-and-a-half somersault with her fourth virtually clinched the title.

Africa won’t be left out as South Africa’s Caster Semenya cruised into Sunday’s final of the Olympic women’s 800m in Rio.

The 25-year-old, who won silver at London 2012, clocked 1: 58.17s to win her semi-final.

On the medal table, Ren Qian’s Gold win helps China, 58, leapfrog Great Britain, 56, to second but still a long way from USA, who have so far won 100 of the round, glittering piece of metal.

Jamaica is located in the top 30 of the table and it’s safe to say without Bolt’s two medals won so far, the Caribbean country would have been some way off the 29th position they occupy now.

That could increase, should Jamaica win the upcoming 4×100 final on Friday.

By Thierry Nyann||Ghana

Twitter: @3Newsgh

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