Usain Bolt makes Olympic history with three 100m titles.
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
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,”
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
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
2009 World Championships,
Berlin 9.58 – world
2012 Olympic Games, London 9.63 – Olympic
2013 World Championships,
2015 World Championships,
2016 Olympic Games, Rio 9.81
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