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Usain Bolt makes Olympic history with three 100m titles.

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Jamaica’s Usain Bolt became the first athlete

to win three Olympic 100m titles by beating

American Justin Gatlin to gold at Rio 2016.

Bolt, 29, ran 9.81 seconds in his final Olympics to

replicate his success at Beijing 2008 and London

2012.

Gatlin, twice banned for doping offences, finished

0.08 seconds behind Bolt to take silver.

“Somebody said I can become immortal. Two

more medals to go and I can sign off. Immortal,”

said Bolt.

Canada’s Andre de Grasse took bronze in a

personal best of 9.91, ahead of Bolt’s Jamaican

team-mate Yohan Blake.

There was no British interest in Sunday’s

showpiece as CJ Ujah and James Dasaolu were

eliminated in the semi-finals.

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.

“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 was slower out of the blocks than 34-year-old

Gatlin, who was aiming to regain the title he won

at Athens 2004.

But he surged 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 chanted his name after his victory.

“It wasn’t about the time, it was just about

winning the gold and going out on top,” said

Michael Johnson, four-time Olympic champion

and BBC Sport analyst.

The world record holder, who said in February he

would retire from athletics after the 2017 World

Championships, competes in qualifying for the

men’s 200 on Tuesday, with the 4x100m relay

beginning on Friday.

Bolt’s major 100m wins

2008 Olympic Games, Beijing 9.69 – world

record

2009 World Championships,

Berlin 9.58 – world

record

2012 Olympic Games, London 9.63 – Olympic

record

2013 World Championships,

Moscow 9.77

2015 World Championships,

Beijing 9.79

2016 Olympic Games, Rio 9.81

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