Star Jamaican athlete and Usain Bolt won his third consecutive Olympic title in the men’s 100 metre event at the Rio Games on Sunday night, creating history.
The multiple Olympic champion powered to victory in 9.81 seconds.
American star Justin Gatlin -- Bolt’s biggest rival in the competition -- was the leader till the middle stages before the Jamaican started to pull away, taking the silver with an impressive 9.84 seconds.
The win took the sprinter a step closer to his goal of winning a historic “triple-triple” combination of gold in the 100m, 200m and the 4x100m relay in three consecutive Olympics.
Canada’s Andre de Grasse won bronze with a time of 9.91 seconds.
Bolt came into the Olympics not having run a 100 since June 30, when he pulled out of Jamaican national championships with a bad left hamstring.
The rehab began immediately, and on a muggy Sunday night in Rio, the shining star of track and field showed no signs of distress.
After a typically clunky burst out of the starting block, he started pulling away from Gatlin with about 30 meters left.
He’s not done. Qualifying for the men’s 200, his favourite race, starts Tuesday, with the relay on Friday.
Van Niekerk’s feat in the shade
Bolt’s win will relegate Wayde van Niekerk’s feat. Van Niekerk won the Olympic 400-metre title in a world-record 43.03 seconds, lowering the mark set by Michael Johnson in 1999.
And the South African did it from the outside lane. Van Niekerk stormed out of the blocks and kept going, holding off 2012 Olympic champion Kirani James and 2008 winner LaShawn Merritt, who both ran season-best times to finish with silver and bronze. Johnson set the previous world record of 43.18 at Seville, Spain, in 1999.
Van Niekerk’s previous personal record was 43.48 seconds.