Usain Bolt became the first man in history to win the Olympic gold medal thrice in men’s 100m as he surged to the win in Rio 2016 Olympics on Sunday.
Bolt won his third gold medal in 100m final after winning the race in 9.81 seconds beating USA’s Justin Gatlin who finished second with 9.89 seconds.
Canada’s 21-year-old prodigy Andre de Grasse won the bronze medal in 9.91 seconds. Jamaica’s Yohan Blake finished fourth with 9.93 seconds.
Bolt had won the gold medal in 2008 Beijing Games with a world record timing of 9.58 seconds and four years later, he went on to defend his title in London with a timing of 9.63 seconds.
The win in Rio also means he successfully completes first step towards the ‘triple-triple’ bid. Bolt has already announced that this will be his last Olympics.
He now has seven gold medals in seven events at the Olympics Games. Other than the two 100m gold medals, He has won two gold medals in 200m and two more in 4x100m men’s relay with Jamaica. He will also look to defend both these titles at the Rio Games.
Bolt began the 100m race with slow start and was at fourth position after 40 metres but then surged ahead of his competitors in the last 20 metres.
Gatlin was leading the race for the first 80 metres but Bolt overtook him with some exceptional run in the dying seconds. Gatlin is 100m champion from the 2004 Athens Olympics.