Jamaica’s Usain Bolt on Sunday became the first athlete to win three Olympic 100m titles by edging out American Justin Gatlin to the gold medal at Rio 2016.
The 29-year-old Bolt ran 9.81 seconds in his final Olympics to replicate his successes at Beijing 2008 and London 2012.
Gatlin, who had been twice banned for doping offences, finished 0.08 seconds behind Bolt to take silver at 9.89.
“I expected to go faster, but I’m happy that I won,” Bolt said. “I’m here to perform. I did what I had to”.
Canada’s Andre de Grasse took bronze in a personal best of 9.91, ahead of Bolt’s Jamaican team-mate Yohan Blake.
Bolt remains on target to leave Rio with a third successive Olympic treble after winning the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay titles in 2008 and 2012.
The world record holder had said in February he would retire from athletics after the 2017 World Championships.
“Somebody said I can become immortal. Two more medals to go and I can sign off immortal,” he said.
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