Usain Bolt is still the world's fastest man.
The Jamaican sprinter lived up to his name and reputation when he came in first place in the men's 100-meter final and secured his place in history as the first sprinter, man or woman, to ever take three consecutive gold medals in the 100. Team USA's Justin Gatlin, Bolt's closest pursuer over the past four years, finished second, .08 seconds behind. Andre de Grasse of Canada won the bronze.
Bolt's win is especially remarkable considering that he hasn't run a 100 since June 30, when he had to pull out of the Jamaican national championships with a bad hamstring. It seems like the weeks of rehab worked like magic and Bolt showed no sign of injury on the straightaway. Gatlin's silver is no less remarkable: at 34, he's the oldest Olympic medalist ever to compete in the men's 100.
Fans are flooding Twitter to share their feelings about the highly-anticipated race:
Brilliant by Bolt. 9.80 seconds. Gatlin looked like his veins were about to burst whilst Bolt was ice cold. pic.twitter.com/GGIks5oY3e— All For United (@allforunited) August 15, 2016
Bolt use red gyal tactics on Gatlin.— Liam Andre3000 (@liamalexisdm) August 15, 2016
Make him think he getting it.
Lock him off at the last second.
Continue to tease at the end.
bolt shame gatlin in the worst way ever, he gave him all that room and then just tom cruise past him.— Uncle. (@_Kheemy) August 15, 2016
Bolt will go on to qualify for the 200 on Tuesday, and — in all likelihook — go for another gold in that final on Friday.
(Photo: AP Photo/David J. Phillip)