#RioGoldRush: Usain Bolt rewrites HIS story in 9.81 seconds
Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter
The indomitable Usain Bolt once again engraved his name in the history books and endeared himself to track and field fans around the world after becoming the first athlete to win three consecutive Olympic 100m titles.
Bolt recovered from his usual slow start to secure Jamaica’s third medal of the 2016 Rio Olympics when he stopped the clock in a season’s best (SB) 9.81 seconds to win the men’s 100m final.
The silver medal went to America’s Justin Gatlin in 9.89 seconds with Canadian Andre de Grasse taking the bronze in a personal best of 9.91 seconds.
Jamaica’s other representative in the final, Yohan Blake, was fourth in a SB of 9.93 seconds.
Bolt, who has reiterated that this will be his last Olympics, will be looking to make it a triple-triple having also won the 200m and 4X100m at the last two Games.
He has now won 12 individual major championships gold medals-five at the Olympics and seven at the World Championships.
PROFILE - Usain Bolt
Age: 29 years old
High School: William Knibb Memorial High School
Events: Men’s 100m, 200m, 4x100m
Personal Best: 100m – 9.58s, 200m – 19.19s
Bolt made his Olympic debut as a 17-year-old at Athens 2004, where, hampered by a torn hamstring, he went out in the opening round of the 200m.
He is the first athlete to set three world records in a single Olympic Games competition.
In the 2012 Olympic Games Bolt became the first athlete in history to win the 100m and 200m sprints at successive Olympic Games