Usain Bolt surges past Justin Gatlin to win historic Olympic 100m gold in Rio
- Jamaican becomes first athlete to win three successive 100m titles
- American Gatlin comes in second with Andre De Grasse of Canada third
“Bolt! Bolt! Bolt!” they cried, feverishly and repeatedly, revelling in Usain Bolt’s every pose, wave and smile. And, most of all, in his victory. The Jamaican had promised the world he would create history in Rio and he proved good to his word, brushing past his great American rival Justin Gatlin with 25m to go to coast to become the first man to win three Olympic 100m titles.
The time was nothing special – 9.81 seconds – but at this stage of his career he knows scavenging for titles is more realistic than world record times. This win lifted Bolt above Carl Lewis – who won 100m gold in Los Angeles and Seoul – and he now has seven gold medals to his name. On this evidence only a brave man would back against him making that nine after the 200m and 4x100m relay later this week. [Read more]
Usain Bolt Wins 9.80s Final 100m Men’s ( Rio 2016 ) The Legend