Usain Bolt of Jamaica once again breezes through history after taking his third Olympic gold medal in the 100-meter sprint at the Rio Olympics.
Bolt broke the tape with a time of 9.81 seconds, .23 seconds short of his own all-time record which he established in Berlin in 2009. He made sure that his opponents felt his “wrath” as USA’s Just Gatlin followed with a silver performance by 9.89 seconds while Canada’s Andre De Grasse settled for the bronze at 9.91 seconds.
Bolt came out strong as posted a 9.86 in his semifinal run while Gatlin and Grasse had 9.84 and 9.92, respectively. He has now made history as the first sprinter to win the gold medal in the 100 meters at three successive Olympics. Now that has been settled, Bolt now sets his sights the 200 meter and 4×100 meter relay to complete his triumph in the Olympics before he considers retiring.
His performance was acknowledged by the fans in attendance at the Olympic Stadium as they all cheered the Jamaican sprinter. They made sure that Bolt heard them from the moment he stepped on the tartan tracks to his milestone completion of winning the gold medal. His closest rival Gatlin was also received by not as loud as when Bolt’s name was called and that clearly made the point of the American.
With his pending retirement, people will see a new champion in the upcoming 202 Olympics in Tokyo. But since it will be four years from now, people are will just have to be amazed at how Bolt has turned the sport a much-anticipated event in the Olympics.
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Bolt once stated that he wanted his name to be mentioned when people start talking about who are the greatest athletes of all time. He wanted to be at par with boxing’s Muhammad Ali, basketball’s Michael Jordan, and soccer’s Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known as Pelé. Bolt had made sure that he would be remembered together with the great names in sports with his feet in athletics.
With this year’s Olympics marred by controversies such as athlete’s housing problems, Zika virus threat, and doping scandal, seeing Bolt and other world class athletes continue to defy odds that made it an Olympic to be remembered indeed.
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