Usain Bolt's bio Usain Bolt of Jamaica won the 100-meter dash for his second consecutive gold medal in the iconic Olympic sprint. London – Usain Bolt was bombarded with questions in the days leading up to the men's 100-meter final on Sunday at the London Olympics. But none were as challenging as why he runs like he does, and who is more impressive: Michael Johnson or Carl Lewis?
Bolt answered them all in emphatic style, taking almost 10 seconds off his previous best time to break the 9-minute barrier and win his second successive gold medal. The 27-year-old Jamaican has now overtaken Johnson as the fastest man in history during their respective periods, and he remains the only person to have swept the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes. Bolt also improved upon his own world record of 9.79 seconds, set at the Beijing Games four years ago. He now stands at 11 seconds, while American Justin Gatlin holds the current world record at 9.72 seconds.
Bolt's dominance was such that even before the final bell rang, several commentators had already started talking about him becoming the first man in history to win three straight 100-meter titles. Before the competition began, many observers believed that American Marvin Bracy was likely to end Bolt's run by winning his first Olympic title.
On Day 9 of the 2016 Olympic Games, Usain Bolt of Jamaica won the men's 100-meter final at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday. The 23-year-old Bolt became the first man to both win the 100 meters and the 200 meters at these games. He also holds the world record in both events.
Bolt took the lead from American Justin Gatlin early in the race and never looked back as he crossed the finish line ahead of France's Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake and Germany's Andre De Grasse. The three runners covered the distance in 10 seconds flat. It was the fastest time ever recorded by a male athlete.
Bolt has now won three consecutive gold medals in this event. He broke his own world record twice during the course of the competition. With this victory, he has become the first man in history to win four gold medals at one edition of the Olympics. The previous mark of three golds was held by Soviet runner Larisa Latynina who accomplished this feat in 1964 Tokyo Summer Games.
Of the nine finalists, seven were originally from Jamaica. The country's representatives at these Games came out strong in the opening round with all three sprinters reaching the finals. America had two entrants in the 100-meter dash: Gatlin and Michael Johnson.
Athletics by Usain Bolt at the 2016 Summer Olympics-100m Men's
|Men’s 100 metres at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad|
|Usain Bolt Jamaica Justin Gatlin United States Andre De Grasse Canada|
Usain Bolt won the 100-meter sprint at the Olympics for the third time on Sunday night in Rio de Janeiro, edging off Justin Gatlin to become the first athlete in history to win three gold medals in track and field's marquee event. Going into the Rio Games, he was already the best ever. Now he is all alone up there with Carl Lewis and Merlene Ottey.
Bolt came out swinging in his final race on Olympic Stadium's synthetic track and didn't look back as he unleashed a stunning last lap of the clock to overtake Gatlin and claim his third gold medal of these games. The Jamaican star has now matched American Leroy Burrell's all-time mark of nine gold medals at the Olympics. He also needs one more victory to become only the second man in history (Lewis) to win multiple gold medals in three different events (100m, 200m, and 4x100m).
The 27-year-old Bolt has now equaled America's Larry Myricks' record of three gold medals and it wasn't even his most impressive race of the evening. In fact, his 50-meter dash semi-final victory over France's Ndiaye Ba (9.98s) was almost overshadowed by Usain Bolt's ultimate display of speed on the final lap of the 100 meters.
Usain Bolt is the Olympic 100m champion with three gold medals.
|Beijing 2008||Usain Bolt (Jamaica)||Walter Dix (USA)|
|London 2012||Usain Bolt (Jamaica)||Justin Gatlin (USA)|
|Rio de Janeiro 2016||Usain Bolt (Jamaica)||Andre De Grasse (Canada)|
|Tokyo 2020||Marcell Jacobs (Italy)||Andre De Grasse (Canada)|
Usain Bolt of Jamaica became the first athlete to win three Olympic 100m medals when he defeated American Justin Gatlin in Rio 2016. He has already won two gold medals and a world record while competing at the 2008 and 2012 games. The 30-year-old has announced his decision to retire from athletics after the Olympics.
In fact, Bolt has already broken several records during his career. At the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, Germany, he broke Michael Johnson's long-standing world record with a time of 9.63 seconds. That same year, at the Beijing Games, he improved on this time yet again with a new mark of 9.58 seconds. Finally, in 2014, he ended up with another record time of 9.19 seconds at the IAAF World Championships in Yeongcheon, South Korea.
Bolt started his sporting career as a teenager in 1999 when he joined the Jamaican 4x100m relay team. In only his second competition, he helped his country to victory in a world-leading 37.10 seconds. From then on, he never looked back as he went on to become one of the most successful athletes in history. During his career, he has won nine gold medals and two silvers at various events including three Olympic titles.
Usain Bolt of Jamaica is the only athlete to have won three Olympic gold medals in the 100m sprint, and he also established the current world mark of 9.58 seconds in 2009. He has since been surpassed by several athletes including American Justin Gatlin who won back-to-back titles in 2016 and 2017.
Bolt's teammate Yohan Blake is the other double winner of the event. The 30-year-old Jamaican has two individual victories from three appearances at the Olympics, winning silver in 2008 and bronze in 2012. His best performance on the global stage came four years after his first Games when he took home the gold medal from Beijing to Jamaica. That makes him the most successful male sprinter of his country and third overall behind Allison and Perkins.
American Leroy Ellis is the third man to win three gold medals in this event at the Olympics. He achieved this feat in 1924, 1928 and 1932. Ellis is also known for being the first man to break the 20-second barrier in the 100m race, doing so in 1908. He was also the first black athlete to be given a chance by the Chicago White Sox, but only appeared in one game during the 1935 season.
Another American, Mel Patton, is the fourth person to win three gold medals in the 100m.