RIO OLYMPICS UPDATE: USAIN BOLT COMPLETES THIRD SUCCESSIVE OLYMPICS TREBLE
the Worlds fastest runner, Usain Bolt has capped his Olympics career by winning three golds in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m three times successively [Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016]
Bolt who anchored the last leg for Jamaica, recorded his ninth Olympics gold after finishing the race for a Season Best (SB) of 37.27 seconds.
Asafa Powell took off from the blocks for the North Americans, before passing the baton to Yohan Blake who maintained the impressive start, with Nickel Ashmeade taking the third leg before handing over to Olympics champion sprinter,Usain Bolt who was head and shoulders above the rest of the field.
Surprisingly, Japan took the second position with a new continental record of 37.60 seconds while Team USA comprising Mike Rodgers, Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay and Trayvon Bromell who many had tipped to be the only challenge for the Caribbeans side [Jamaica], were disqualified for violating a rule at the changeover zone. With USA’s disqualification, Canada was awarded the third position with a time of 37.64 seconds.
Not only did Bolt complete his historic goal for the Rio Games, but his nine career Olympic gold medals also tie him with American track legend Carl Lewis and Finland’s Paavo Nurmi for the most Olympic track gold medals ever won by one person.
Barring a surprising comeback at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Friday night’s relay was likely the last Olympic event for the 29-year-old.