For the third straight year, Usain Bolt won the gold medal in the men’s 100 meter dash at the 2016 Rio Olympics on Sunday and is continuing his reputation as being the worlds fastest man.

After a slow start from the blocks, Bolt was trailing from behind by a few strides from U.S. runner Justin Gatlin. It seemed like Gatlin could have won the race, however, with the long strides and the speed of Bolt, the Jamaican was able to catch up and win the gold for his country at a time of 9.81 seconds. Gatlin took the silver for the U.S. with a time of 9.89.

Gatlin was Bolt’s biggest competitor for the 100m race. In the semifinal, Bolt was watching Gatlin after he ran his heat and qualified for the finals. As Gatlin came across the line first, Bolt responded with a “wow” in reaction to the American winning the heat easily as he watched from the television screen on the sideline.

Before the final started, the other six runners that qualified for the final with Bolt and Gatlin were (finishing order), Canadian runner Andre De Grasse who took the bronze, Bolt’s fellow Jamaican training partner Yohan Blake, South African runner Akani Simbane, Ben Youssef Meite for Ivory Coast, French runner Jimmy Vicaut and U.S. runner Trayvon Bromell.

As the runners were at least 10 to 20 meters away from the finish line, Bolt looked up on the jumbotron realizing that he gained the lead and won the race. The Jamaican gave a big smile to the audience as he crossed the finish line knowing that he successfully won the race and the gold medal. He kept jogging along the side of the track and with his hands up asking for more cheers from the audience and celebrated with them as they chanted his name.

Bolt didn’t beat his world record time, but he was still able to win the race with an impressive time. The world record time is 9.58 that is held by Bolt when he won the 100 meter dash at the World Championships in Berlin 2009.

Bolt now has the motivation to win more gold in Rio as he is going to compete in the first round of the 200 meter dash on Tuesday, Aug. 16th and work his way to the final race on Thursday, Aug. 18th. The first round race will be live on NBC at 10:46 EDT.

 

 

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

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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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