Usain Bolt has retained his bragging rights as the fastest man alive after winning his third consecutive Olympic gold medal for the 100m race.
He defeated his great American rival Justin Gatlin consequently becoming the first man to win three Olympic 100m titles.
The historic win had no spectacular time record as Bolt finished the race at 9.81 seconds. It is a continuation of what has been described as a steady decline in speed in various championship races.
It is a far cry from the Olympic record setting time of 9.63 which he attained in London four years ago. The world championships in Moscow in 2013 saw him running 9.77 seconds and in Beijing last year, he had run 9.79 seconds.
These facts, however, do not make the win any less historic as it lifted Bolt above Carl Lewis, who won 100m gold in Los Angeles and Seoul, and also racked up his total gold medal count to seven.
The fastest man alive admitted;
“I’m really happy but I expected to go faster. With the turnaround time between the semi-final and final we normally have two hours, but we had one hour 20 minutes, it was challenging. But I’m just happy that I won and that’s the key thing.”
One world record related to running time was, however, broken just not by Bolt. Wayde van Niekerk, a 24-year-old from South Africa, knocked 15 hundredths of a second off Michael Johnson’s world record. With a time of 43.03 seconds, he beat Johnson’s 17-year world record.
The fastest man alive, ever the good sport actually broke off from one of his interviews to hug van Niekerk as he passed by. Bolt said that he would “love to race” Van Niekerk over 300m and that maybe they could make it happen next year.