‘Triple-triple definitely on’ - Bolt states intention to repeat golden Olympic treble
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil:
After winning a third straight Olympic 100m gold medal at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro last night, sprint king Usain says he isn't done ticking the boxes on his Rio 2016 checklist just yet.
"The triple-triple is definitely on. I told you guys I was going to do it, so stay tuned. Two more to go," said Bolt after a 9.81- second win kept him in line to win a third straight Olympic gold medal hat-trick, following 100m, 200m, and 4x100m gold medals at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Games.
"I felt very good after the semis. I wanted to go faster, but the turnaround time of one hour and 20 minutes was challenging," added Bolt, who finished ahead of American Justin Gatlin, 9.89, and Canadian Andre de Grasse, 9.91.
Bolt was off the pace after coming out of his drive phase, but as he usually does, the tall man found an extra gear as the finish line neared, pulling Gatlin closer with each stride before taking control and securing the historic win.
Gatlin, who was running second to Bolt for the third straight championships, was full of praise for the Jamaican, but also complained about the turnaround time.
SHORT TURNAROUND TIME
"It was such a short turnaround time for me. I was actually tired in the final," said Gatlin, who also hailed Bolt.
"Congratulations to Usain Bolt. He delivered, and credit to him," Gatlin said. "When it comes away from track, there is no rivalry. He has pushed me to be the athlete I am. It's an honour to say too that I have given him some of the closest races he has had."
Yohan Blake finished fourth in 9.93 but was grateful for the result after a couple years of injury setbacks.
"God has been good. I can't complain. It has been rough, but I'm not disappointed," Blake said.
"I'm glad to have made the final and I'm looking forward to the 200m."
Six sprinters ran under 10 seconds, tying the record number from the 1991 World Championship and the 2008 Olympics.