RIO DE JANEIRO — Usain Bolt won his heat of the men's 200 meters in a rather pedestrian (for him) a time of 20.29 seconds on Tuesday at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Yet the world’s fastest man cannot outrun questions about whether he will improve upon his world records.
Bolt first set the 200-meter world record of 19.30 seconds at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, before lowering that time to 19.19 at the world championships a year later. It has stood untouched since, yet Bolt has repeatedly said he believes he can bring down the time even further.
On Tuesday, a reporter asked him if he could break the world record, which resulted in a quick retort from the reigning Olympic champion.
“It’s the heats, bro,” Bolt replied.
He may not set a new world record, but give Bolt a gold medal for bringing some common sense to the reporters in Rio.
- Chris Chavez