Usain Bolt darted off from lane six, got off to an early lead, and held it the whole way through. He would hold on to the gold medal, and would take even more momentum heading into the 4x100 meter relay taking place in Rio tomorrow night.
Bolt, now 29-years-old from Jamaica, now has eight Olympic gold medals to go with his 11 gold and three silver medals from world championships starting in 2007. The only event he did not win a gold medal in during a world championship or Olympic games that he participated in was the 2011 100 meter finals, in which he had a DSQ due to a false start.
He's now only one gold medal away (which he will likely earn in the 4X100) from tying the men's track and field record for most gold medals won by an individual athlete. Bolt will look to win what will likely be his last gold medal at an Olympic games tomorrow in the 4X100 to seal his legacy.
Canada and France earn silver and bronze
Coming in behind Bolt's time of 19.78 was Andre De Grasse of Canada who would win silver with a 20.02. The next three finishers were seperated by less than .01 hundreths of a second, with Christophe Lemaitre of France taking the bronze with a 20.12. Finishing with the same time as him but not winning a medal was Adam Gemili of Great Britain. Right behind him in fifth with a 20.13 was Churandy Martina of the Netherlands.
Back of the pack includes US' Merritt
LaShawn Merritt would be the sole representative for the United States, and would finish with a time of 20.19, finishing in sixth place. Merritt qualified in first place with a 19.94, however he did not end up matching that time in the final.
Also competing in the finals, but finishing in seventh and eighth were Alonso Edward of Panama and Ramil Guliyev of Turkey who finished in last.