Jamaican Usain Bolt became the first athlete to win three Olympic 100m titles by beating American Justin Gatlin to win gold at Rio 2016. Bolt, ran 9.81 seconds in his final Olympics to replicate his previous success at Beijing 2008 and London 2012. Justin Gatlin, twice banned for doping offences, finished 0.08 seconds behind Bolt to take silver. Canadian Andre de Grasse got bronze in a personal best of 9.91, ahead of Yohan Blake.
Usian Bolt remains on target to leave Rio with a third successive Olympic treble, and a ninth gold, having won the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay titles in 2008 and 2012 Olympics.
“Somebody said I can become immortal. Two more medals to go and I can sign off. Immortal,“ said Bolt. “It wasn’t perfect today but I got it done and I’m pretty proud of what I’ve achieved – nobody else has done it or even attempted it,“ he added.“I expected to go faster, but I’m happy that I won. I did what I had to“.
Bolt started a bit slower than 34-year-old Gatlin, who was aiming to regain the title he won at Athens 2004. But he gained his pace and rushed through from 60 metres to pass Gatlin and comfortably win his seventh Olympic gold. Bolt received a hero’s reception as he walked out into Rio’s Olympic Stadium before the race, and the crowd enthusiastically chanted his name after his victory.
The Olympics and World record holder, who said earlier this year he would retire from athletics after the 2017 World Championships, will compete in qualifying for the men’s 200 on Tuesday.
“After the semi-final I felt extremely good,“ Bolt added.“I wanted to run faster but with the turnaround time, we normally have two hours, but we had one hour 20 minutes, it was challenging.This is what we train for. I told you guys I was going to do it. Stay tuned, two more to go.“
Bolt ran 100m in 9.80 seconds, winning his third straight gold medal in the 100m event, something no runner has accomplished before.
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