Bolt signs off with ‘treble treble’

Usain Bolt completed his ‘treble treble’ in, what is likely to be, his last Olympics race and captured his ninth gold medal after Jamaica won the men’s 4x100m relay final on Friday. 

Bolt had won the 100m and 200m coming into the event and he is now the only man in the history of the Olympics to triumph in all three sprint events.

Jamaica, which consisted of Bolt, Asafa Powell, Yohan Blake and Nickel Ashmeade, topped the table with a time of 37.27s, while Japan and Canada came second and third with times of 37.60s and 37.64s respectively.

“There you go, I am the greatest,” Bolt told reporters. “I am just relieved. It’s happened. “I am just happy, proud of myself. It’s come true. The pressure is real. I look at it as an accomplishment.”

USA were disqualified as the Americans’ first exchange between Mike Rodgers and Justin Gatlin was judged to have taken place outside the exchange zone. Trinidad and Tobago were also disqualified.

In February, Bolt confirmed that he would be retiring after the after the 2017 World Championships, meaning that this the 29-year-old made his last appearance at the Olympics.

Bolt, though, will go down as one of the greatest athletes ever as his nine gold medals equals the record held by USA sprinter and long jumper Carl Lewis and Finnish long-distance runner Paavo Nurmi.