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Rio Olympics: Usain Bolt wins 100m gold

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Jamaican sprinter, Usain Bolt, winning the 100m gold at Rio Olympics Jamaican sprinter, Usain Bolt, winning the 100m gold at Rio Olympics Credits: www.bbc.com

Jamaican sensational sprinter, Usain Bolt, lived up to his pre-games rating as the man to beat by taking home the 100m gold at the ongoing Rio Olympics 2016 in Brazil. With the victory, Bolt became the first athlete to win three Olympic 100m titles.

Bolt, 29, ran 9.81 seconds in his final Olympics to replicate his success at Beijing 2008 and London 2012. The Jamaican beat-off a stiff contest from American Justin Gatlin.

Twice banned for doping offences, Gatlin was 0.08 seconds behind Bolt, with Canada's Andre de Grasse in third.

“Somebody said I can become immortal,” said Bolt. “Two more medals to go and I can sign off. Immortal.”

De Grasse took bronze in a personal best of 9.91, ahead of Bolt's Jamaican team-mate Yohan Blake.

Bolt remains on target to leave Rio with a third successive Olympic treble, having won the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay titles in 2008 and 2012.

“It wasn't perfect today, but I got it done and I'm pretty proud of what I've achieved,” he said. “Nobody else has done it or even attempted it.

“I expected to go faster, but I'm happy that I won. I did what I had to.

Bolt was slower out of the blocks than 34-year-old Gatlin, who was aiming to regain the title he won at Athens 2004.

But the Jamaican surged through from 60 metres to pass Gatlin and comfortably win his seventh Olympic gold.

Bolt received a hero's reception as he walked out into Rio's Olympic Stadium before the race - and the crowd chanted his name after his victory, too.

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