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Usain Bolt Third Gold: Signature 100-Meter Dash Was Slow Affair

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Usain Bolt does "Lightening Bolt" pose after winning 100 Meters. (OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 15 Aug 2016 10:14 AM

Usain Bolt won his third gold medal in the 100-meter finals on Sunday, becoming the first man in Olympic history to pull off the feat, but at a far slower time than his "fastest-man-ever" record.

Bolt indicated he was more concerned with medal records than speed records these days.

The victory continued Jamaica's domination in the 100-meter dash, an Olympic track event once owned by the United States. Jamaican Elaine Thompson won the 100-meter dash the day before, making it three consecutive Olympics where Jamaicans have won the men's and women's races, noted the Washington Post.

Bolt's time of 9.81 seconds beat American Justin Gatlin by 0.08 seconds, while Canada's Andre De Grasse was third with a time of 9.91, noted the Post.

Bolt, 29, will have a shot at winning two more gold medals when he runs in the first round of the 200-meter dash on Tuesday and runs as a member of Jamaica's 4x100-meter relay team, said NBC Sports (which is televising the 2016 Games), noting that he has earned gold medals in all three past Olympics.

"Somebody said I can become immortal," Bolt said after 100-meter win, per the Post. "Two more medals to go, and I can sign off. Immortal. … I want to set myself apart from everybody else, and this is the Olympics I have to do it."

Gatlin, 34, has been posting some of his best 100-meter times of his life, but still has not been good enough to nip Bolt yet, noted the Post.

"I'm a competitor," Gatlin said. "He's a competitor. He has pushed me to be the athlete I am today. I hope he can say the same about me."

Bolt said in February that he planned on retiring from track and field after the 2017 World Championships, according to BBC Sports. Bolt is the world record holder in the 100 meters (9.58) and 200 meters (19.19), but he has not run those times since 2009.

Fellow athletes cheered Bolt's accomplishments on social media.

 

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