Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt won his third consecutive world title in the 200 meters on Saturday, blowing away the field at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Athletics.

Bolt's victory in his favorite event was considered a foregone conclusion considering the absence of countryman Yohan Blake due to injury and American Tyson Gay, who is suspended for doping.

Jamaica nearly took all the podium spots despite Blake's absence, but American Curtis Mitchell barely beat out Nickel Ashmeade for bronze.

Bolt, who cruised to victory with a time of 19.66 despite battling a foot injury, also won last Sunday's 100-meter event. He will next seek a third gold at this year's world championships in Sunday's 4 x 100-meter relay.

If the heavily favored Jamaicans win that race, Bolt could tie the world championship records for most gold medals and most medals overall, which stand at eight and 10, respectively. EFE