Usain Bolt will go down in history.
The greatest sprinter of all time has once again added to his legacy. For the 3rd consecutive Olympics, Bolt has one won gold in the 100m dash.
Bolt finished the race in 9.81 seconds even though he arrived in Brazil with concerns over a hamstring injury. American Justin Gatlin took Silver and Canadian DeGrasse walked away with the bronze medal.
The 6-foot-5 sprinter overcame his typically slow unfurling from the blocks, gradually worked up speed, caught American Justin Gatlin with 40 metres left and was celebrating — pointing at his chest with his thumb — before he crossed the finish line.
Bolt became the first sprinter ever – male or female – to win three straight Olympic gold medals in track and field’s marquee individual event. The next step for Bolt in sealing his mark in Olympic history is the elusive triple-triple. Should he win the 200m and 4x100m relay, Bolt will be the only Olympian to ever win gold in the 100m, 200m and the 4x100m in three consecutive Olympics
“Somebody said I can become immortal,” Bolt said following the race, according to Paul Myerberg of USA Today. “Two more medals to go and I can sign off. Immortal.”
Tune in on August 18th and 19th to see if Usain Bolt can become ‘immortal.’