Usain Bolt edged ever nearer to the legendary status he craves after cruising into the 200 metres final with contemptuous ease at London 2012.

While many would already consider the Jamaican superstar a legend for winning triple gold in Beijing and defending his 100m title here on Sunday, Bolt himself insists he also has to retain his 200m title.

And the 25-year-old looks an increasingly certain bet to do just that, effectively winning his semi-final tonight before halfway and almost jogging down the home straight to win in 20.18 seconds.

Team-mate Yohan Blake was the fastest qualifier after also slowing down markedly in winning the opening semi-final in 20.01secs, but Bolt has no doubts he will put his training partner in his place once again on Thursday.

‘No doubt whatsoever,’ Bolt said. ‘I’m ready, this is my favourite event, so I’m looking forward to it.’

Britain’s Christian Malcolm missed out on the final after finishing third in his race in 20.51s.

The 33-year-old Welshman said: ‘I’m disappointed. My last Olympic Games and it would have been nice to make the final but it wasn’t to be.

‘It’s one of those things. I’m getting a bit older and it’s not getting any easier.’

After having to settle for silver in the last two Games, American Allyson Felix then finally got her hands on a gold medal with a brilliant run in the 200m final.

Felix, runner-up in Athens and Beijing to Jamaica’s Veronica Campbell-Brown, overcame a sluggish start to lead coming off the bend and was never going to be caught, the 26-year-old clocking a time of 21.88s to finish 0.21s ahead of 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.

America’s Carmelita Jeter, silver medallist over 100m, took bronze with Campbell-Brown fourth and failing in her bid to become the first woman to win a track event for three Olympics in succession.


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