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!