Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin will not have a 200m showdown.

Usain Bolt vs. Justin Gatlin
Usain Bolt vs. Justin Gatlin

We might have seen the last of the yellow yam versus steroids saga. For those who were waiting for yet another showdown between Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin, it is not going to happen. That is because Justin Gatlin failed to qualify for the 200m sprint final in Rio.

Gatlin finished third in his heat in the semifinals, and only the top two were guaranteed to advance to Thursday’s final. He finished ninth overall, and just eight reach the finals

Although the 100 has been Gatlin’s more successful race at the Olympic level, and this year he won the silver, outside expectations were still high heading into the 200. He finished second to Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt in the event at last year’s World Championships in Beijing.

This could be Gatlin’s last Olympic has he will be 38 years old in the 2020 Olympic in Brazil. Usain Bolt is also planning to retire after Rio but his fans have started a petition to convince the Jamaican swimmer to go at it one last time in 2020.

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