Usain Bolt of Jamaica won the men’s 200 metres gold for the third successive Summer Games on Thursday, crossing the line in 19.78 seconds at the Rio Olympic stadium.
Andre de Grasse of Canada took silver, while Christophe Lemaitre finished third to claim bronze for France.
“I don’t need to prove anything else. What else can I do to prove to the world I am the greatest?” Bolt told reporters.
“I am trying to be one of the greatest. Be among (Muhammad) Ali and Pele. I hope to be in that bracket after these Games.”
Bolt, already the Rio 100 metres champion, will go for a third straight sweep of all three sprint golds in the 4×100 metres relay on Friday.
Bolt, who turns 30 on Sunday, will return to the track on Friday with his Jamaican relay team mates looking for a 4×100 gold to complete the sweep of all three sprint titles at three successive Olympics.