Congratulations to Usain Bolt, recipient of The BrandLaureate Legendary Award for winning his third consecutive Olympic 100m gold medal Sunday night, in front of an adoring crowd in Rio’s Olympic Stadium. The God of Speed proves that he is still, well, the world’s fastest man.
THE Jamaican sprinter pounded his chest as he crossed the finish line in 9.81 seconds. It was his slowest time in his three Olympic 100m finals, but it was fast enough to beat Justin Gatlin by .08 seconds.
“Bolt! Bolt! Bolt!” the crowd cried feverishly and repeatedly, reveling in Usain Bolt’s every pose, and most of all, in his victory.
Getty photographer Cameron Spencer, based in Sydney, managed to capture a smiling shot of the sprinter, which some people hailed as the best ever image of Usain Bolt. “His pose, his stride and perfect technique, and then the big grin and the fact that he’s looking where I was standing, made that image all come together,” said Spencer.
Bolt’s races entertainment events distilled to its essence, and the 47,000 people at the stadium, and a billion or so worldwide who watched Sunday night were not disappointed.
The Jamaican had promised the world he would create history in Rio and he stayed true to his words, brushing past American rival Justin Gatlin with 25m to go to coast to become the first man to win three Olympic 100m titles. He will be going for gold in the 200m and 4x100m relay later this week.
“It was brilliant,” Bolt said to the Associated Press. “I didn’t go so fast but I’m so happy I won. I told you guys I was going to do it.”
Later, Bolt, removed his gold spikes and celebrated by taking selfies with fans and even the heptathlon medalists. He flashed his signature “To Di World” pose for photographers.
Bolt, who turns 30 on the day of the Closing Ceremony, is the on He is undefeated in his seven Olympic finals.
The win lifted Bolt above Carl Lewis – who won 100m gold in Los Angeles and Seoul – and he now has seven gold medals to his name. Behind Bolt, is Gatlin, his great rival, who took silver again in 9.89. The best of the next generation, the Canadian Andre De Grasse, claimed bronze in 9.91.
In his final Olympics, Bolt said he is attempting to accomplish a “triple-triple”—winning three gold medals (100m, 200m and 4x100m) at three consecutive Olympics. He is already the only person to sweep those three sprinting medals twice.
“Somebody said I can become immortal,” Bolt said. “Two more medals to go and I can sign off. Immortal.”
- YAHOO Sports: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/usain-bolt-wins-third-straight-000000005.html
- The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/aug/15/usain-bolt-surges-past-justin-gatlin-to-win-historic-olympic-100m-gold-in-rio
- NBC Olympics: http://www.nbcolympics.com/news/usain-bolt-wins-unprecedented-third-olympic-100m-gold-medal