On a muggy Sunday night in Rio, the Jamaican superstar won the signature event in track and field in a runaway and added this line to his already gleaming resume, first person to capture three straight 100-meter titles at the Olympics.
He is the Olympic champion once again. Bolt beat Gatlin, who was greeted by the fans with raucous boos, by .08 seconds. A few minutes after the finish, Bolt was unlacing those now-famous gold spikes and taking selfies with the fans.
If there were any doubts, it took less than 10 seconds — 9.81, to be exact — for Usain Bolt to erase them. It’s that famous, arching “To the World Pose” that he debuted eight years ago in Beijing.