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#pounditFriday, July 23, 2021

Usain Bolt messes with Andre De Grasse in 200m semifinal

Usain Bolt won his 200m semifinal at the Rio Olympics on Wednesday, doing so by a thin margin. Bolt posted a time of 19.78 to finish first, while Andre De Grasse was second at 19.80.

The time was the fastest of De Grasse’s career. Perhaps this was orchestrated purposefully by Bolt, who slowed down and smiled at De Grasse as if to encourage his competitor:

Usain Bolt Andre de Grasse

There’s no greater carrot on a stick baiting racers than having Bolt slow down right in front of you, giving you that glimmer of hope.

As for Bolt, he remains every bit the showman we all knew he was. What were they talking about anyway?

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