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#RioGoldRush: The triple king reigns ... Bolt anchors Jamaica to 4x100m relay gold

Published:Friday | August 19, 2016 | 8:38 PM
(From left) Yohan Blake, Usain Bolt, Nickel Ashmeade and Asafa Powell after the men's 4X100m golden run - Ricardo Makyn photo

Sprint superstar Usain Bolt completed the triple-triple as he anchored Jamaica to victory over the men's 4x100m relays this evening.

Bolt sprinted from his rivals on the final leg to take Jamaicans to the line in 37.27 and secure his ninth Olympic gold medal.

Bolt has now become the first man in history to win three gold medals at three straight Olympic Games.

The Jamaicans got off to a quick start with Asafa Powell handing over to Yohan Blake on the second leg.

Blake outran American Justin Gatlin to hand over to Nickel Ashmeade.

The former Jago High School star ran a superb third leg to hand over second to Bolt behind Japan.
IN PHOTO: Prime Minister Andrew Holness, his wife Juliet and children Matthew and Adam celebrating the men's 4X100 win.

Japan finished second in 37.60 while Canada (37.64) was awarded the bronze after the United States was qualified.

Jamaica's medal tally now stands at six gold, one silver and two bronze. 

- Robert Bailey