RIO-Usain Bolt won the men’s 100 meters on Sunday night in Rio in convincing fashion, pulling away from the field to capture gold in 9.81 seconds and retain the title of “World’s Fastest Man.”
With the win, Bolt becomes the first sprinter in history to win gold in the 100 meters in three consecutive Olympics.
expected to go faster, but I’m happy that I won,” Bolt told BBC Sport. “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 said in February he would retire from athletics after the 2017 World Championships.
Bolt was slower out of the blocks than 34-year-old Gatlin, who was aiming to regain the title he won at Athens 2004.
Bolt entered the Rio Olympics as something of a question mark, having dropped out of Jamaican Olympic qualifying five weeks before the Games with a nagging Grade 1 hamstring injury. But after being named to the Olympics by the Jamaican track and field team, he has looked like his old self in Rio.
In the preliminary round of the 100 meters on Saturday, Bolt looked solid, practically jogging into the semifinal despite an average start. Then, in the semifinal earlier on Sunday night, he again cruised to victory, flashing a toothy smile and looking around at his competitors as he effortlessly flew across the line.
Usain Bolt easily qualified for the 100-meter final at the Rio Olympics on Sunday.Bolt seemed to be taking the semi-final half-seriously, too.
Halfway through the sprint during semi finals, he pulled away from the pack, and as he neared the finish line, checked his right and left to ensure he was in first.
That’s when he gave a big smile to the cameras. Getty’s Cameron Spencer caught the moment.