Olympics: Usain Bolt still as fast as Lightning
Monday, 15 August 2016


As befit the king of sprinting and the biggest global star at the Rio Olympics, Usain Bolt of Jamaica held up his index finger, signaling that he was No. 1, during introductions Sunday night as the smitten crowd chanted his name.

Then he proved it again, winning the 100 meters in 9.81 seconds, securing his place as the greatest sprinter of all time and becoming the only man or woman to win the 100 three times and at consecutive Olympics.

His main rival, Justin Gatlin of the United States, the 2004 Olympic champion who later served a suspension for doping and was booed on Sunday, took the silver medal in 9.89 seconds. Andre de Grasse of Canada won the bronze in 9.91.

As Bolt ran down Gatlin in the final meters, he pounded his chest. He then blew kisses to the crowd and carried a toy Olympic mascot around the track, giving it away as a souvenir. Finally, he struck his signature pose, known as To Di World, cocking an elbow and pointing his fingers toward the sky, as if launching an arrow or a lightning bolt.

He is also favored to win a third straight gold medal at 200 meters and yet another as the most vital member of Jamaica’s 4x100-meter relay team.

“Somebody said I can become immortal,” Bolt said after the 100 final. “Two more medals to go and I can sign off. Immortal.”