Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt guns for his third gold medal at the Rio Olympics. This would put his name not only as the fastest man to ever run the athletics event in the Olympics, but also earn him a spot in the rare list of triple-triple feat athletes.
Bolt has already history after winning a triple-double feat after taking the gold medals in the 100 and 200-meter dash. He clocked in at 9.81 to burn all who competed in the 100-meter dash that included rival Justin Gatlin of USA. Bolt also stormed the 200-meter event with a time of 19.78, he wanted to run faster than that but blamed his competitors for not giving the “challenge” that he needed. Nonetheless, he still romped away with the gold medal.
Now, Bolt and his Jamaican teammates are saving the best for last as they look to defend their 4×100 meter relay title. They won the gold medal in the event way back in the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympic Games. Aside from aiming for the gold medal, they also will attempt to break their own record that they have set at 36.84 seconds. Getting this third gold medal at this year’s Olympics will be the icing on the cake for Bolt, who plans to retire from the competition.
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Aside from being the first three-time Olympic champion in the 100, 200, and 4×100 meter relay, Bolt will join the elite club of triple Olympic champions. The club includes American swimmer Michael Phelps; American cyclist Kristin Armstrong; Latvian BMX rider Maris Strombergs; Chinese badminton championLin Dan; Brazil’s volleyball foursome of Sheilla, Jaqueline, Thaísa and Fabiana; Norway women’s handball players Linn-Kristin Koren, Kari Grimsbo, Marit Frafjord and Katrine Lunde; and NBA star Carmelo Anthony.
Bolt and his team will take Lane no. 6 and will be joined by other competitors, namely from Great Britain, Brazil, United States of America, Japan, China, Canada, and Trinidad and Tobago. Catch the Bolt as he aims for greatness with the live stream at NBCOlympics.com or watch the highlights at the official Rio Olympics website.
Bolt wants to end his career in the Olympics in style. And in winning the 4×100 meter relay, Bolt has not only completed his feat but also bows out of the competition in dramatic fashion as well.
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