Usain Bolt grabs 3rd consecutive gold medal in 100m at Olympics: On a muggy Sunday night in Rio, the Jamaican superstar won the signature event in track and field in a runaway and added this line to his already gleaming resume: first person to capture three straight 100-metre titles at the Olympics.
He went past American Justin Gatlin as if Gatlin were standing still, which he certainly wasn’t. Gatlin was second in 9.89 seconds, and Andre De Grasse of Canada — who won NCAA titles in the 100 and 200 while competing for USC — was third in a personal-best 9.91 seconds.
Bolt walked a victory lap around the stadium, holding a stuffed version of the Rio Olympic mascot that someone had handed him before going over to the stands to embrace and be embraced by fans. De Grasse wrapped himself in a Canadian flag and jogged around the track joyously.
“It was brilliant. I didn’t go so fast but I’m so happy I won. I told you guys I was going to do it,” Bolt said.
“Somebody said I can become immortal. Two more medals to go and I can sign off. Immortal,” he said.
Bolt’s win – his 18th gold in Olympic and World Championships since 2008 – averted what might have been a public relations disaster for the drug-tarnished world of track and field.
A corruption scandal involving the sport’s former rulers, who were accused of accepting bribes to cover up positive drug tests, and an investigation which alleged an elaborate state-sponsored doping system in Russia have plunged track and field into the worst crisis in its history.
Bolt later said he was dismayed by the reception given to Gatlin.
“I was surprised by it – it was shocking the first time I heard booing in a stadium. However I just focused on my job and got it done,” Bolt said.
Bolt will also compete in the 200, the event he won in the last two Olympics, and will go for a triple-triple of winning the 100, the 200 and the 400-meter relay in three straight Games.