'I'm the greatest' says Usain Bolt after winning completing 'triple-triple'

'I'm the greatest' says Usain Bolt after winning completing 'triple-triple'
Published: 2016 August 20 14:26:51 (5859 Views)
Usain Bolt confirmed his status as the greatest sprinter of all time and arguably the finest track and field athlete by helping Jamaica win the 4x100m relay on Friday (19 August) for his third gold medal of the Rio 2016 Games and his ninth in total.

It means he has completed an unprecedented 'triple-triple' by winning the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay titles at three consecutive Olympic Games.

"There you go, I'm the greatest," Bolt told reporters afterwards. "I'm going to stay up late and have fun. I never knew this would happen when I started out."

Bolt becomes the second most successful Olympian of all time, across all sports. Only American swimmer Michael Phelps, who has 23 gold medals, is ahead of him.



Reflecting on the fact that Rio 2016 was his final Olympic Games, Bolt told Brazilian television he had mixed emotions and thanked Brazilians for their support.

"I'm sad but I'm happy too," he said. "It's been wonderful and I really appreciate you guys, it's been nothing but love, it gives me goosebumps. Thanks for all your support."

Bolt, who also holds the world record in all three events, ran the final leg at the Olympic Stadium on Friday, bringing the Jamaicans home in 37.27 seconds ahead of Japan, who set an Asian record to take the silver in 37.60.

The USA team finished in third but were then disqualified for stepping outside of their lane, so Canada –  who recorded a national record of 37.64 – were moved up from fourth to the bronze medal position.




Source - rio2016.com

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