Bolt into 200m semis

Olympic 100m champion Usain Bolt remains on course for gold in the men’s 200m and he is installed as the 1/6 favourite after safely negotiating his heat to make the semi-finals on Wednesday.

The Jamaican, who defended his 100m crown with a Games record on Sunday, is also out to win the Olympic 200m for the second Games in a row.

The 25-year-old, who says he wants a trial at Premier League side Manchester United once he is finished with sprinting, told the BBC afterwards: “The crowd is always wonderful, they play an important role in my running and I love my 200m.

“I try to do my part, I know what comes with winning so all I have to do is try and enjoy it.”

Bolt took just 20.39secs to win his heat although he was not the fastest man in making the semi-finals, with Alex Quinonez of Ecuador posting the quickest time of 20.28secs.

However, he holds the world record for the 200m – as well as the 100m – so knows he has been over a second faster.

The 200m final takes place on Thursday evening.

Bolt will also go for gold in Jamaica‘s 4x100m relay with the team 2/7 to win the event.

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