Usain Bolt completed an historic hat-trick of Olympic 100m titles,securing his place as the greatest sprinter of all time. He is the only man or woman to win the Olympic 100 three times, which he accomplished at three consecutive Games.
The champion of Beijing and London added Rio to his list of conquered cities by striding to victory in 9.81 seconds.
Bolt expressed disappointment that he not gone quicker, telling BBC One:
“I’m really happy but I expected to go faster. After the semi-final I felt extremely good. I wanted to run faster but with the turnaround time – we normally have two hours, but we had one hour 20 minutes – it was challenging.
“This is what we train for. I told you guys I was going to do it. Stay tuned, two more to go.”
His main rival, Justin Gatlin of the United States, the 2004 Olympic champion who later served a suspension for doping , took the silver medal in 9.89 seconds. Andre De Grasse of Canada won the bronze in 9.91.