It only took under 10 seconds (9.81 to be exact) for Usain Bolt to silence critics, once again, in Rio (Brazil).
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.
Bolt beat Gatlin, who was greeted by the fans with raucous boos, by .08 seconds. Andre de Grasse of Canada won the bronze.
No, this wasn’t Bolt at his fastest – or even his best. The man who burst onto the scene by setting a new world record eight years ago in Beijing turns 30 after these Olympics and says these will be his last.
Here is what he said after the win 🏃🏾 💪🏽 👏🏽
I’m happy and I’m proud of myself. It wasn’t perfect execution, but I’m proud of myself. I wanted to set myself apart from everybody else and this is the Olympics, I have to do it.
– Usain Bolt, AKA The Greatest Sprinter Ever.