The Jamaicans hold the world record of 36.84 seconds, set at the 2012 Olympics in London. Since Bolt’s Beijing breakthrough in 2008, he has swept the gold medals in the 200 at every global championships. Shaunae Miller, a 20-year-old from the Bahamas, was second in 49.67; Shericka Jackson of Jamaica took the bronze in 49.99. It was a much happier ending for Felix, who tore a hamstring in her last world championships final — the 200 in 2013 — and ended up in a heap on the track in Moscow.
- Thursday’s victory gave him a fourth world title in the 200 to go with his two Olympic gold medals.
- Bolt is certainly rolling, even if his times are not in the same league as his world-record times in the 100 (9.58) and the 200 (19.19), which he set in Berlin in 2009. Bolt suggested after Thursday’s victory that this could be his final world championships.
- Shortly before Felix’s victory, Christian Taylor became the second-best triple jumper of all time with an American record of 18.21 meters on his sixth and final attempt.