Usain Bolt just became the first three-time Olympic champion in the 100-meter dash on Sunday in Rio. The 29-year-old began what is almost sure to be his final go at the games by winning the event at the 2016 Olympics in 9.81 seconds.
To win this time, Bolt had to being America’s best hope, Justin Gatlin. Gatlin is the last man to win the 100 at the Olympics not named “Bolt,” as he took the title at the 2004 games in Athens.
Gatlin got out incredibly fast and led most of the way, but Bolt’s unbelievable stride just ate up the track and caught the American from behind and had it won with about 10 meters to go. As he crossed the line Bolt pounded his chest in victory. Gatlin finished .08 seconds behind for the silver, while 21-year-old Canadian Andre De Grasse took the bronze.
Bolt now a shot at two more golds, in the 200 meters and the 4×100-meter relay. He and Jamaica are favored to take home the title in both. Bolt will be looking for his third gold in each of those events as well.
There is zero doubt that Bolt is the greatest sprinter the world has ever seen. He only solidified that fact with his win on Thursday.