Usain Bolt wins 3rd straight 100 meter gold, Gatlin takes silver

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No sprinter in Olympic history won three consecutive gold medals in the 100 meters prior to Sunday night. In a career filled with historic accomplishments, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt added that to the list in Rio.

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Bolt, as expected, took gold with a time of 9.81 seconds. U.S. sprinter Justin Gatlin, who had the lead at the 80 meter point, took silver with a time of 9.89 seconds. Gatlin, who has now won a total of four Olympic medals (three in the 100) in his career, was suspended for four years in 2006 after failing a doping test.

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Bronze went to Canada’s Andre De Grasse with a time of 9.91 seconds and Trayvon Bromell, the other American competing in the 100, finished eighth with a time of 10.06 seconds. De Grasse is Canada’s first Olympic medalist in the 100 since Donovan Bailey in 1996.

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With three consecutive Olympic gold medals in the 100, Bolt will now set his sights on three-peats in the 200 and the 4×100 relay. He won’t run again until Tuesday in the opening heats of the 200, with the semifinals scheduled for that night.