Olympics 2016: What Was Your Favorite Moment From Day 9 of the Rio Games?

The Flash‘s Barry Allen might argue that he, and not Usain Bolt, is the fastest man alive. On this Earth, however, the only man capable of challenging Bolt’s title was Justin Gatlin of Team USA.

On Day 9 of the Summer Olympics, Bolt cemented his legacy, not only as Jamaica’s best-ever athlete, but as one of the greatest athletes of all time by securing his third consecutive gold medal in the 100-meter final, having previously won the sprint in 2008 and 2012. Gatlin, who came in first during the 2004 Olympics, ultimately nabbed the silver.

For Gatlin, this race was about more than proving he could tamper with Bolt’s perfect track record. In April 2006, Gatlin tested positive for testosterone and faced an eight-year ban from track and field. As Sunday’s race got underway, he was well on his way to upset, starting far ahead of Bolt in the first half of their seconds-long run. Bolt, however, eventually sped past his Team USA challenger and won with a completion time of 9.81 seconds. Andre de Grasse of Canada secured the bronze.

Almost as fast as he completed the sprint, Bolt took to Twitter to dedicate his victory to Jamaica:

Here are some other buzzed-about moments from Day 9 of the Rio games:

* Simone Biles won her third gold medal in the gymnastics vault final. Her previous medals came in the team and all-around events.

* Andy Murray of Great Britain bested Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina 7-5, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 in the tennis singles final. He is now the first person, male or female, to win two Olympics singles titles. Also in tennis: Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Jack Sock beat Venus Williams and Rajeev Ram in the all-American mixed-doubles final.

* Justin Rose of Great Britain won the first golfing gold medal in 112 years, ultimately defeating Henrik Stenson of Sweden by just two strokes.

(Note: The women’s volleyball quarterfinal between the United States and Australia was still in progress at the time this article was published.)

What was your favorite moment of this day of Olympic competition? What are you most looking forward to in the games? Let us know in the comments!

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12 Comments
  1. A fan of TV says:

    Drug cheats should get banned for life and Justin Gatlin is a drug cheat. Once a cheat, always a cheat. Drug cheats ruin sports, and Gatlin got all the boos he deserved last night from the Rio crowd. It’s a thrill that Bolt can outrace a despicable cheater, without even trying, every single time!

    • MMD says:

      Totally agree. Once a cheat always a cheat and I’m so glad he was booed. Knowing the extent of the cheating that has been going on really takes the enjoyment out of the Olympics. The IOC made a big mistake by not banning all of Russia to show they were serious.

  2. MMD says:

    The bromance that has developed between Usain Bolt and Andre De Grasse.

  3. Katherine215 says:

    Wayde Van Niekerk winning gold and breaking the world record from lane 8 was awesome. A nice F–you to apartheid. And his 74 year old coach! Bolt was great too – that closing speed is unreal. And I don’t even like Track events all that much.

  4. mollytanner says:

    Venus Williams is the first tennis player to win medals in all 3 disciplines. She was so close to making them all gold! Congrats to Rajeev Ram too go Illini! Great job to Alex Naddour as well.

  5. Jamie says:

    Simone Biles is killing me. Watching her defy gravity and physics has been phenomenal. I wonder if she’ll be able to grab those other two golds because girl is on a roll!

  6. The Beach says:

    As usually happens, after a week of pretty much non-stop Olympics I’m starting to get bored. And since track and field is not my favorite event my Netflix is coming into play a lot.

  7. T H says:

    I loved seeing Usain Bolt and Simone Biles win, but to me, the best part of the Olympics are the unexpected moments, so men’s gymnastics held my favorite moments of the night. First of all, GB’s Max Whitlock winning not one but two golds just days after securing his country’s first men’s gymnastics medal in over a century in the all around was wonderful; his reaction said it all. But speaking of reactions, my favorite moment had to be Brazil’s Diego Hypolito’s tears of joy upon winning silver on floor in front of a home crowd; we’ve seen a lot of shocked-but-happy athlete reactions, but his might be the most heart-on-his-sleeve reaction yet and it was beautiful. I don’t care what country you were cheering for, you’d have to have a heart of stone not to be happy for him.

  8. Chris says:

    You forgot to add that Alex Naddour ended the 32 year drought of U.S. Olympic gymnasts (the last U.S. gymnasts to receive medals in that event were Pete Vidmar and and Tim Daggett for gold and silver respectively at the 1984 Summer Olympics in L.A.) to win a medal (he won bronze) in the pommel horse final event (British gymnasts Max Whitlock and Louis Smith won gold and silver respectively)! NBC also srewed up broadcasting the PH event final by airing it during daytime instead of primetime as scheduled unannounced!

    • Chris says:

      *screwed

    • MMD says:

      That’s why it’s so nice to watch in Canada – no NBC (unless you want to) and no Bob Costas. Along with the numerous channels I think there are something like 23 feeds to watch. I remember the 2012 Olympics when it was 18 feeds and I watched sports that I had never seen before. I had no idea what Dressage was and still wonder why it is an Olympic sport plus we get coverage of many more countries which is nice.