World’s fastest man Usain Bolt won the final of the 100m race in record-breaking fashion as he became the first athlete ever to win three Olympic 100m titles.
The 29-year-old ran 9.81 seconds in his final Olympics event to replicate his success at both Beijing in 2008 and London Olympics in 2012 to finish ahead of America’s Justin Gatlin (9.89secs) and Canada’s Andre de Grasse (9.91secs). He remains on course to win a third successive Olympic treble and a ninth gold having won the 100m, 200m, and 4X100m relay titles in 2008 and 2012.
Speaking after the race, Bolt said: “Somebody said I can become immortal. Two more medals to go and I can sign off. It wasn’t perfect today but I got it done and I’m pretty proud of what I’ve achieved – nobody else has done it or even attempted it. I expected to go faster, but I’m happy that I won. I did what I had to do,” he concluded.