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15th Aug 2016

Watch as Usain Bolt wins the 100m Olympic final in style

Was there ever going to be another outcome?

Robert Redmond

Usain Bolt is still the fastest man alive.

The Jamaican has won his third consecutive 100m Olympic gold medal, recording a time of 9.80 in Rio.

Bolt qualified for the final with a time of 9.86, a season’s best achieved by what seemed like a light jog for the great man.

However, Bolt faced sterner competition in the final.

America’s Justin Gatlin, the 2004 Olympic champion who served a four-year suspension between 2006 and 2010 after testing positive for testosterone, ran Bolt close. The 34-year-old took second with a time of 9.89, while Canada’s Andre De Grasse won bronze with a time of  9.91.

True to form, Bolt, in lane six, was slow out of the blocks, with Gatlin, in lane four, in front after 50 metres. However, the 29-year-old put on a show for the Rio crowd in his last Olympics, motoring ahead of the field and beating his American rival to the title.

Bolt won’t be back to defend his Olympic gold in four years, but has ended this chapter of his 100m career in style.

That’s not quite the end of it for the Jamaican, though. He begins his quest for another 200m gold on Tuesday, before the 4x100m relay gets underway la