Usain Bolt Wins Third Straight Gold Medal In 100-Meter At Rio Olympics

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Usain Bolt wins the 100-meter at the Rio Olympics.
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Usain Bolt made history once again on Sunday night at the Rio Olympics.

The Puma-sponsored Jamaican sprinter became the first person to win three straight gold medals in the 100-meter event. Bolt had a shaky start out of the blocks but was able to edge out American sprinter Justin Gatlin, who received a less-than-stellar reception from the crowd inside the stadium. Gatlin has twice served bans from track and field for doping.

Bolt ran the 100 in a time of 9.81 seconds. It was not his fastest, but it was enough to bring him another gold medal. After his win, he took off his eye-catching gold Puma spikes and ran around the stadium with a Jamaican flag, celebrating with fans and striking his signature “lightning bolt” pose.

Usain Bolt Rio Olympics Usain Bolt celebrates with his gold Puma spikes in hand. REX Shutterstock.
Usain Bolt Rio Olympics Usain Bolt strikes his “lightning bolt” pose after winning the 100-meter. REX Shutterstock.
Usain Bolt Rio Olympics Usain Bolt’s Puma spikes. REX Shutterstock.

Gatlin took the silver medal with a time of 9.89 seconds, and Canadian Andre Degrasse took bronze at 9.91 seconds.

Bolt will continue his hunt for more gold with the 200-meter semifinals on Tuesday, followed by the final on Thursday. The semifinal of the 4×100-meter relay is also on Thursday, with the final on Friday.

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