Usain Bolt Makes History With Third Consecutive Win At Rio Olympics

Victoria Johnson

Usain Bolt continues to be the fastest man alive as he won the gold for the 100m race at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Brazil. But that's not the only feat that the Jamaican native accomplished this year -- he's also accomplished a three-peat as the first man or woman to win three times in the 100m race in consecutive Olympics events.

"This has got to be the most universal event other than the long jump," said president of the International Society of Olympic Historians, David Wallechinsky, after Bolt's win. "Everyone's tried it at least once in their lives. To be the best in the Olympics three times in something that everyone has done at least once is incredible."

After the race, where Bolt ran a 9.81, the legendary sprinter went to Twitter to share his elation.

"Jamaica Stand Up!!!" it read. "This is for you my people."

"It's the most special because it's the third," said Bolt.

Justin Gatlin, who hails from the United States, nabbed the silver medal with a time of 9.89 seconds while Andre de Grasse from Canada won the bronze with 9.91.

Gatlin, who, according to the New York Times, received boos from the Olympics audience, was suspended from the previous competition after he was found to be doping in 2014.

"You know, I've gone off and served my time. I've done everything I needed to do to be able to come back," said Gatlin of the controversy in an interview with Telegraph during this year's Olympics.

As for Bolt, his reign seems far from over.

In an interview with Telegraph over the summer, Bolt shared that he always wanted to be remembered and ranked among the greats.

"What I always wanted, was to be great," he said. "For me, it means being remembered. People talk about sports all the time, and I want to be a part of that conversation, you know what I mean?"

"When they talk about greats it's always Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan, Pelé. I want to be a part of that conversation so when they talk about the greats they say Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan, Pelé, Usain Bolt."

But now that he's won, the 29-year-old runner will soon have another cause for celebration on top of his upcoming birthday. Bolt turns 30 on Aug. 21, which also happens to be the closing day of the Olympic games ceremony.

Not only that, NBC commentator Bob Costas declared that Bolt may be more popular than Bob Marley.

"With apologies to all you reggae fans, I think Bolt has even outdistanced Marley," he said on NBC after the race. But, fans of Bolt and Marley, are already crying foul.

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