On Sunday night in Rio, the Jamaican superstar - Usain Bolt, won the signature event in track and field in a runaway and added this line to his already gleaming resume: first person to capture three straight 100-meter titles at the Olympics. The 6-foot-5 sprinter overcame his typically slow unfurling from the blocks, gradually worked up speed, caught American Justin Gatlin with 40 meters left and was celebrating before he crossed the finish line.
Bolt won gold at these Rio Games with a time of 9.81 seconds, besting American Justin Gatlin by 0.08 seconds. Canada’s Andre De Grasse took bronze with a personal best of 9.91.
Usain Bolt busted onto the track scene with his hot-dogging world record eight years ago in Beijing turns 30 after these Olympics and says these will be his last.
“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,” he said.
His mother, Jennifer (who is also present in Rio), said she knew her son was special by the time he was three weeks old - but while every parent harbours high hopes for their children, not many witness them go on to become the fastest man on earth.
"At school it was at about five that we noticed that he was competing against his classmates and he was always winning," said Jennifer. "He was always on top. From then, we noticed he would be a great athlete."