Like there was ever any doubt! Jamaica’s Usain Bolt cemented his place in Olympic history, racing to his ninth gold medal in the 4×100 relay Aug. 19. Keep reading for how his amazing anchor leg secured the win for Jamaica.
Just look at him go! Usain Bolt, 29, proved why he’s the greatest sprinter Olympic track and field has ever seen with a remarkable performance in the men’s 4×100 relay. The rest of the team was pretty speedy in the three handoffs prior to him, but it was a three-way race between a strong U.S. team and Japan going into the home stretch. As soon as Usain took the baton, the race was officially over as he bolted ahead — no pun intended — of the other runners, crossing the finish line several body lengths ahead of silver medal winning Japan. Team USA was left to settle for the bronze medal, but were later stripped of it following the post-race discovery of a baton passing infraction. Canada then was elevated to the bronze medal position.
With this victory, Usain leaves the Rio games with three golds yet again, in the 100m, 200m and the 4×100 relay. He’s achieved that same feat in the 2012 London games and the 2008 Beijing Olympics. This man does not know what failure is when it comes to running, his speed is so unmatched by any runner this decade that Olympic sprinting belongs to him. He now has more Olympic gold medals in any one sport than anyone else but Michael Phelps’ untouchable record of 23 swimming golds.
But there may be more room for someone else to claim sprinting gold in Tokyo 2020 as there are rumors abound that Usain will hang up his running shoes and retire after his Rio wins. The superstar has yet to make a formal announcement though. We’ll definitely miss his giant grin and amazing speed if this truly is his last Olympics.
HollywoodLifers, what did you think of Usain’s amazing race?