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Jamaica's Usain Bolt and Canada's Andre De Grasse, left, compete in a men's 200-metre semi-final.
Jamaica's Usain Bolt and Canada's Andre De Grasse, left, compete in a men's 200-metre semi-final.
Image: Martin Meissner

Usain Bolt and his Canadian rival so comfortable that they laughed across the finish line

The pair steadily built a big lead during the 200-metre semi-final at the Rio Olympics.
Aug 18th 2016, 11:42 AM 12,080 8

NEITHER USAIN BOLT nor Canada’s Andre De Grasse were sweating the competition in the 200-metre semi-final at the Rio Olympics on Wednesday.

Paired next to each other, Bolt, as he is wont to do, steadily built a big lead during the race with De Grasse hanging around second.

Then, Bolt slowed down, seemingly taunting opponents while also keeping some gas left in the tank.

That’s when De Grasse surged, pushing Bolt for first, though Bolt ultimately won by a hair. With the two top sprinters qualifying for the finals, Bolt and De Grasse were so comfortable that they made eyes at each other and laughed across the finish line:

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They laughed as they crossed the finish line, too. Note the distance of the runners behind them:

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And Bolt had to lecture De Grasse for trying to sneak up on him and take first place:

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We’ll see if things are so friendly in Thursday’s 200-metre final. So far, Bolt hasn’t given much reason to doubt that he wouldn’t beat De Grasse if he runs hard the entire race.

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