Jamaican athlete, Usain Bolt, became the first athlete to win three Olympic 100m titles by beating American Justin Gatlin to gold at Rio 2016.
The Jamaican caught Justin Gatlin, who did have a strong start and led for half the race, to win his record third straight men’s 100-meter final Sunday night and seventh Olympic gold.
“It was brilliant,” Bolt said. “I didn’t go so fast but I’m so happy I won. I told you guys I was going to do it.”
— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) August 15, 2016
This is the third time Gatlin has finished second to Bolt. The previous two times were at the 2013 and 2015 world championships.
The 29-year-old Bolt, whose reaction time of 0.155 was second slowest of the eight finalists, is the second-oldest 100 champion in Olympic history (Linford Christie was 32 in 1992).
The 6-foot-5 sprinter/celebrity overcame his typically slow unfurling from the blocks — he was second-to-last after the break.
“I just said, ‘Take your time and chip away,”’ he said.