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Usain Bolt retains Olympic 100 meters title

Bolt, on Sunday, 14th August, 2016, became the first athlete to win three Olympic 100 meters titles. His wins came back to back to back having crossed the finish line in first place at the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and now in Rio 2016.

Running 9.81 seconds Bolt finished ahead of Justin Gatlin of the United States of America who ran 9.89 seconds. Gatlin the Athens 2004 100 meters winner was not well received by the athletic fans, who booed him when he was being introduced.

Canada’s Andre De Grasse won the bronze medal with 9.91 seconds. De Grasse prevented Jamaica from having two representatives on the podium by crossing the line before Yohan Blake who had to settle for the fourth place.

Kittitian sprint icon Kim Collins was unable to take a lane in the 100 meters finals having placed 6th with 10.12 seconds in his semi-final heats that Bolt won.

Collins, 40, made history when he competed. He is being recognized as the oldest person to have run in the Olympic 100 meters race, an amazing feat considering that most athletes peak in their late 20s, according to scientific studies.

Collins has defied the norms of sprint athletics, perhaps indicating, “Age is just a number.” Earlier this year, he stormed a personal best of 9.93 seconds in the 100 meters in Germany. That made him the only 40-year-old, for now, to go sub-10 seconds, surpassing his 2014 London-made record of 9.96 seconds when he was 38 years old.


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