In his last race of the Olympics and of his career, Usain Bolt gave the audience one last exciting show as he wins his third gold medal in the 4×100 men’s relay of the Olympics in Rio. It also becomes his third gold medal of the event since Beijing of 2008.

Since Beijing, Bolt has competed in the three events he competed in at Rio and as well in the London Olympics in 2012. In each Olympic, he won the gold medal in the three events he competed in. The 100 meter, the 200 meter and the 4×100 meter, achieving a total of nine gold medals.

It was Bolt’s final race of his career and he couldn’t go into retirement in a better way than winning his ninth Olympic gold medal of his career. After the final baton pass in the last stretch of the race, Bolt had a substantial lead from the rest of the field and crossed the finish line first. He kept running, fist pumping in the air and went towards the corner to find Jamaican supporters waving their national flag. Bolt’s teammates joined in with him in celebration for yet another gold medal in the event for the third straight Olympic.

Japan came in a surprise second place finish to claim the silver medal and made their nation proud, while the United States, in yet another disappointing outcome in the relay, ended the race disqualified.

The U.S. team, holding their flags and walking around the track, believed that have a secured a third place finish in the event. As the team looked up to see the results, in has been shown that they were yet again disqualified from the race and Canada took the bronze medal.

An early exchange in the first baton pass from lead off runner Mike Rodgers to Justin Gatlin, caused the U.S. team to be disqualified. After watching the video of the race, the U.S. team believe it was complete pass and protested the ruling. If the ruling stands, it will be the ninth time that the U.S. has failed to complete a baton pass in the event since 1995.

In the end, Jamaica came out as champions again in the event as they paraded around the track and waving their flag. As they paraded, Bolt was holding three fingers up for three Olympics, three events and three gold medals as he exits the Olympic games and his career with a big smile on his face.

 

 

Josue Hernandez is a staff writer for The Sports Blaze covering Rio 2016 Track and Field. Contact him via email at hernjosu@kean.edu or on Twitter @JosueDHernande2.

About The Author

Josue Hernandez
NASCAR/Soccer writer for The Sports Blaze

Josue Hernandez is from North Plainfield, New Jersey and graduated from Kean University in 2015. He earned a degree in Bachelors of Arts in Communication. He aims to be a journalist. He was part of his University’s newspaper and under their tutelage, covered stories that were on and off campus. Josue’s experience working with sports journalism spans from his stories about the New York Red Bulls to profiles about college athletes.

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