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.
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.
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.