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Friday, 19 August 2016
Usian Bolt declared himself "the greatest"
Usain Bolt declared himself “the greatest” as he achieved the unique sprint triple-triple that has long seemed his destiny.
Bolt, 29, won his third gold medal of Rio 2016 - and his ninth overall - as he anchored the Jamaican 4x100m relay team to victory.
He had already said he would be “immortal” if he pulled it off, and after his last ever Olympic race he said: “There you go. I am the greatest.”
He adds the medal to the 100m and 200m golds he took earlier in the Games, just as he did in London and Beijing.
The result was never in doubt as Jamaica’s sprint dream team of Bolt, Asafa Powell, Yohan Blake and Nickel Ashmeade dominated the event, finishing in 37.27secs, around half a second slower than the world record.
After crossing the line, “Lightning” Bolt went on a slow victory lap of the Olympic stadium, enjoying what he has said will be his last ever race at an Olympic Games.