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Bolt cements legacy with 100 metre gold

Usain Bolt’s legacy as the greatest sprinter in history was cemented with a first place finish in the final of the Men’s 100-metre at the Rio Olympics.
It is the third consecutive gold medal for the Jamaican sprinter who is competing in his final Olympic Games.

Bolt crossed the finish line with a time of 9.80, slightly slower than his world record time of 9.58, but a dominating performance nonetheless and a historical achievement that may never be matched.

Running out of Lane 6, Bolt patiently bided his time as Justin Gatlin of the United States in Lane 4 burst out into the lead. At the 50-meter mark, the American held the lead, but it was at that moment when Bolt made his move.

The King of Beijing and London found another gear that the other sprinters simply did not have, and in the final 30 metres Bolt opened up enough of a lead to finish nearly a full tenth of a second ahead of Gatlin, who crossed the line with a time of 9.89 and a second-place finish.

Rounding out the podium was Canadian Andre De Grasse, who ran a 9.91 out of Lane 7.

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