Domination! Usain Bolt Ends Olympic Career As A Legend

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Usain Bolt ended his Olympic career in Rio, Brazil, having never lost a final at an Olympic Games. (Photo credit: Rio2016)

 

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, Saturday August 20, 2016 – If there were any doubts about his status as the greatest sprinter of all time, Usain Bolt erased them last night when he helped Jamaica win the 4x100m relay to complete the first “triple triple” in Olympic history.

Bolt, who turns 30 tomorrow, ended his Olympics career in Rio, Brazil, having never lost a final at an Olympic Games. He is the first person to get gold in the 4x100m, 100m and 200m at three consecutive Olympic Games.

“There you go, I’m the greatest,” Bolt told reporters afterwards. “I’m going to stay up late and have fun. I never knew this would happen when I started out.”

Bolt becomes the second most successful Olympian of all time, across all sports. Only American swimmer Michael Phelps, who has 23 gold medals, is ahead of him.

Reflecting on the fact that Rio 2016 was his final Olympic Games, Bolt told Brazilian television he had mixed emotions and thanked Brazilians for their support.

“I’m sad but I’m happy too,” he said. “It’s been wonderful and I really appreciate you guys, it’s been nothing but love, it gives me goosebumps. That’s for all your support.”

Bolt, who also holds the world record in all three events, ran the final leg at the Olympic Stadium, bringing the Jamaicans home in 37.27 seconds, ahead of Japan, who set an Asian record to take the silver in 37.60.

“My team came through for me tonight,” Bolt said. “As long as we got the baton around, it was never in doubt.”

The USA team finished in third but were then disqualified for stepping outside of their lane, so Canada – who recorded a national record of 37.64 – were moved up from fourth to the bronze medal position.

The USA retained the women’s 4x100m relay title, finishing in 41.01 seconds ahead of the Jamaican team, which contained 100m and 200m champion Elaine Thompson and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. The Jamaicans finished in 41.36, with Britain taking bronze in a national record 41.77.

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