As expected, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt took home the gold medal as the result of Sunday’s men’s 100-meter final in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Although his latest Olympic win comes as no surprise, Bolt has now earned his first medal of the 2016 Summer Olympics as track and field recently got underway.
With the United State’s Justin Gatlin garnering silver and Canada’s Andre De Grasse managing bronze, the rest of the field was comprised of South Africa’s Akani Simbine, France’s Jimmy Vicaut, the Ivory Coast’s Ben Youssef Meite and Jamaica’s Yohan Blake.
Leading to his placement in the final, soon-to-be 30-year-old sprinter posted a time of 9.86 in the semifinal round. After a false start by Bahrain’s Andrew Fisher resulted in an immediate disqualification, Bolt took first in the semifinal while barely exerting any energy – or so it appeared.
“When [Usain Bolt] is looking that good and that easy to run 9.86, you better hope he loses a shoe or something in the final,” said NBC commentator Ato Boldon. “From what we saw now, there is a lot more left in the tank.”
Regarded as the fastest person ever timed, Bolt had previously set a world-record for the 100-meter back in 2009 in Berlin, Germany. While finishing Sunday’s race with an official time of 9.81, he notably ran the 100-meter in 9.58 in Berlin and has now won three consecutive Olympic gold medals in this event.
On the United States side of things, Gatlin was considered to be one of the few – if not only – to challenge the legs of Bolt in the 100-meter final. Arriving to Sunday’s race with a semifinal time of 9.94, he notably edged Blake in that semifinal bout while he managed a time of 10.01. In Sunday’s final, Gatlin finished with an official time of 9.89.