Usain Bolt

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 19:  Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates winning the Men's 4 x 100m Relay Final on Day 14 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 19, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Usain Bolt reiterates Olympic future: Going out as “the greatest”

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Usain Bolt turns 30 on Sunday, and there’s no question the third decade of his life will be very difficult to repeat.

Bolt won his ninth gold medal on Friday night, the “triple treble” as he calls it: winning gold in three-straight Olympics in the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m.

REWATCH: Friday night’s track and field

He didn’t consider Friday night an evening for humility, saying, “There you go, I am the greatest.” He also reiterated that his Olympic career is over, and admitted there’s an exhalation in producing the wins many saw coming.

From the Associated Press:

“I am just relieved. It’s happened. I am just happy, proud of myself. It’s come true,” said Bolt, who overcame a hamstring injury earlier in the summer, then shined throughout a seven-day, seven-race stint in Rio, counting all the heats. “The pressure is real. I look at it as an accomplishment.”

We may never see another Usain Bolt; Not necessarily in terms of dominance — a new potential track overlord is born every day, just not always nurtured — but in terms of a mix of charisma, positivity, and the ability to deliver. Find that fountain of youth, Usain.

Bolt, De Grasse easily qualify for 200 final, USA’s Gatlin misses out

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 17:  Andre de Grasse of Canada (L) and Usain Bolt of Jamaica react after competing in the Men's 200m Semifinals on Day 12 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 17, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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Usain Bolt on the track has been must-see television for quite some time, with the question not being whether or not he’ll win but by how much.

Wednesday night the Jamaican sprint king did what was expected in the semifinals of the 200, qualifying for the final with a time of 19.78 seconds. He slowed down towards the end of his heat, smiling at Canada’s Andre De Grasse as they approached the finish line with De Grasse finishing in 19.80 seconds. Bolt and De Grasse posted the two fastest times of the semifinal heats, with American LaShawn Merritt finishing in 19.94 seconds.

WATCH: Bolt, De Grasse move on to 200 final with a few smiles

While Bolt is looking to complete the 100/200 double for the third consecutive Olympics, there’s also his stated desire to break his world record of 19.19 seconds to keep in mind ahead of Thursday’s final.

Posnanski: Bolt’s smile does not tell the full story

Merritt did manage to get into the final, the same can’t be said for countrymen Justin Gatlin and Ameer Webb. Gatlin, who took silver in the 100, posted a time of 20.13 seconds and missed out on the final by three one-hundredths of a second. As for Webb, his time of 20.43 seconds ranked 19th among the 24 semifinalists.

WATCH: Merritt surges to make 200 final

WATCH: Gatlin fails to qualify for 200 final

Also held Thursday night were the qualifying rounds of the men’s javelin, and USA Track and Field did not enjoy good fortune there. None of their three competitors managed to qualify for the final round, with Cyrus Hostetler’s throw of 79.76 meters being the best attempt produced by he, Sam Crouser and Sean Furey. Hostetler ranked 20th among the competitors, with Crouser and Furey finishing 34th and 35th, respectively.

The fact that the U.S. would struggle in the javelin isn’t a major surprise, as they haven’t had a medalist in the event since Bill Schmidt took silver in 1972.

Keshorn Walcott of Trinidad and Tobago led the way with a throw of 88.68 meters, and defending Olympic gold medalist Julius Yego ranked sixth among the 12 men who qualified for Saturday’s final. Germany will have three finalists, with Johannes Vetter and Julian Weber ranking second and third, respectively, and Thomas Rohler ranking ninth.

The men’s 5000 meters were also run Wednesday night, and thanks to the successful appeal of an IAAF ruling the U.S. will have three runners in the final. Hassan Mead, who was originally ruled out of the final after falling in his heat and thus not posting a time good enough to qualify, was cleared for the final following a video review of his heat. Mead joins Bernard Lagat and Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo in the final, with Chelimo posting the fastest qualifying time of 13:19.54.

Two of the three medalists in the 5000 at last year’s World Championships will also be in the final, with world champion Mo Farah of Great Britain and third-place finisher Hagos Gebrhiwet of Ethiopia making the cut.

“Not a morning person” Bolt coasts to win in 200m heat

Jamaica's Usain Bolt competes in a men's 200-meter heat during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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Usain Bolt was, relatively speaking, jogging at the end of his 200m heat on Tuesday.

That was reflected in the Jamaican legend’s 20.28 time, good for an easy first place spot in Heat No. 9 of the first round after blazing out to a comfortable lead.

Bolt, who said after the run that he’s “not a morning person”, moves onto Wednesday’s semifinal. The final is Thursday.

WATCH: Full heat replays

The top heat times came Canada’s Andre De Grasse with a 20.08 in Heat No. 10. Spain’s Bruno Hortelano, blazed a 20.12 for second.

Jamaica’s Yohan Blake and Nickel Ashmeade finished third and fourth, with American runner Lashawn Merritt fifth. Justin Gatlin won his heat in a time of 20.42.

USA sprinter Ameer Webb finished third in his heat, behind Hortelano and Blake, despite running a 20.31.