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Usain Bolt and Jamaica Win Gold for 4x100m, Giving Him a Kind of Triple-Triple

No one has done this in these events before, making Bolt inarguably the fastest person ever.

by Liam Daniel Pierce
Aug 22 2016, 1:34pm

(That's a U.S. only video, but here's a clip for those of you in Canada)

What's harder to catch than Usain Bolt in a dead sprint? Usain Bolt's precedent-shattering records. (Technically, the records are built on him being impossible to catch in a dead-sprint—so it's more of a micro/macro question—but you know what I mean.)

Last night, Jamaica won gold in the 4x100m, which now means that Bolt has won three gold medals in three straight Olympics in the same events—you could call it a kind of triple-triple. No one has done this in these events before, making Bolt inarguably the fastest person ever. This much has been elaborated to us in countless infographics, but it's still stunning to observe in real time.

Prior to last night's race, Bolt smoked the finals of the 100m and the 200m, with only a slight amount of uncertainty in Round 1 of the 100m, as he came in fourth, with USA's Justin Gatlin taking first. But Bolt came back in the semi-finals and finals to twice best Gatlin by exactly 0.08 seconds (yup, that little). Gatlin—and USA—would later fall behind again in the 4x100m as they would take bronze, only to be disqualified later as Gatlin was ruled as receiving the baton outside of the exchange zone. Canada took bronze in their place, though USA has filed an appeal for the ruling.

There's speculation about whether or not this is 29-year-old Bolt's final Olympics, and sure, with his 100m clocking in at 9.81s, he's not up to his world record 9.58s speed. But maybe Tokyo 2020?