Bolt Wins 100m Gold, S/Africa’s Van Niekerk Breaks 400m World Record

Bolt Wins 100m Gold, S/Africa’s Van Niekerk Breaks 400m World Record

By Oladimeji Loko in Rio:

Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt proved on Sunday night that he is still the fastest man in the world by winning the 100m gold here at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Bolt emerged victorious against bitter American rival Justin Gatlin to win his third straight gold medal in the 100m final race, beating a strong field in 9.81 seconds.

Gatlin finished in 9.89 seconds to win silver while Andre De Grasse of Canada claimed bronze in a personal best time of 9.91 seconds.

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Having won 100m gold at Beijing 2008 and London 2012, Bolton became the first man in history to win three straight gold medals in the showpiece event.

However, the showboating Jamaican was not the biggest story of the night.

South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk stole the show by blowing away a very impressive men's 100m line-up that included 2008 gold medallist American LaShawn Merritt and 2012 champion Grenada's Kirani James.

Van Niekerk, who came into the Games as world champion, was absolutely magnificent as he broke Michael Johnson's 400m world record set back in 1999, 43.18 seconds.

The South African finished in an incredible 43.03 seconds, leaving James trailing in 43.76 seconds for silver and Merritt in 43.85 seconds for bronze.

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