He did it.
Usain Bolt earned his ninth Olympic gold medal as Jamaica won the men’s 4x100m relay. The sprinter, who turns 30 Sunday, successfully accomplished his “triple-triple” goal, winning three gold medals (100m, 200m and the 4X100m relay) in three consecutive Olympics: Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016.
“There you go,” he said after the race. “I am the greatest.”
The world agrees. “It’s going to very hard to find another one like him,” soccer legend Pelé said about him.
His record means he has picked up a gold medal for every 36 seconds spent on the track, including the qualifying rounds, the BBC noted.
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Japan won silver and Canada the bronze, after Team USA got disqualified for what appeared to be an early handoff violation.The Americans appealed the decision and expect a final decision Saturday morning.
In the women’s 4X100m relay, Team USA won the gold, after the ‘dropping the baton’ drama that had happened the day before.
During the 4x100m heats on Thursday, the team of Tianna Bartoletta, Allyson Felix, English Gardner and Tori Bowie was disqualified. Felix dropped the baton as she handed it to Gardner, after a Brazilian runner touched her elbow and she was thrown off balance.
The Americans appealed, and were given another opportunity to run the race again, solo, a few hours later. They qualified for the finals, and last night ended up winning the gold medal.
“I’m extremely happy,” Bartoletta said after the race. “The journey to this point has been tumultuous. It’s special.”
Jamaica won silver and Great Britain took the bronze.
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Married couple Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh became the first same-sex married couple to win a gold medal together, playing for the same team, as Great Britain beat the Netherlands. It was also the first gold medal in women’s field hockey for Britain.
Favorites for the gold, the Netherlands failed to become the first nation to win three consecutive gold medals in the sport. The match finished 3-3 in normal time before Team GB won the penalty shootout 2-0.
“It’s really, really special,” team captain Kate said as she stood next to wife Helen. “To win an Olympic medal is special. To win an Olympic medal with your wife there next to you, taking a penalty in the pressure moments is so special, and we will cherish this for the rest of our lives,” reported the Associated Press.
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In women’s soccer, Germany won its first gold medal defeating Sweden 2-1 in Maracanã. Canada won bronze defeating Brazil 2-1.
Underdog Sweden, a surprise appearance at the soccer final after beating three-time gold medal winner Team USA and host Brazil, sealed its own fate when Linda Sembrant inexplicably lashed the ball into her own net.
“It’s a little bit of an empty feeling, but I said to the players afterwards we need to enjoy this silver medal,” Sweden coach Pia Sundhage said after the match. “I am very proud of the team. We were so close, but congratulations to Germany and to Silvia.”
Saturday, it’ll be all about the men’s team, as Germany faces off against Brazil.
In other firsts:
Carolina Marin of Spain became the first non-Asian woman to win Olympic gold in badminton, beating India’s PV Sindhu 2-1. The No. 1 ranked player in the world adds the title to her 2014 and 2015 world championship golds.
Dilshod Nazarov of Tajikistan won gold in the Olympic men’s hammer title. It was the first gold medal for the Central Asian country since it gained its independence with the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union. Ivan Tsikhan of Belarus took silver and Wojciech Nowicki of Poland won bronze.
Chloe Esposito of Australia won the country’s first Olympic gold medal in modern pentathlon. The 24-year-old also also set a new Olympic record of 1372 points.
Diver Tom Daley of Great Britain finished the qualifiers for the men’s 10m platform with the highest score.
LATE UPDATE: Today, Daley failed to qualify for the 10m platform dive after a shock semi-final elimination.
Tom Daley qualified for Saturday's 10m platform semi-final with a personal best
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