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Rio Olympics 2016: Bolt completes the set with relay win for ninth gold

Usain Bolt celebrates winning the gold medal in the men's 4x100-meter relay. Photo / AP
Usain Bolt celebrates winning the gold medal in the men's 4x100-meter relay. Photo / AP

Usain Bolt has bid farewell in the fashion that we'd all become accustomed to - as a gold medallist.

The fastest man in the world collected the ninth Olympic gold medal of his career when he anchored Jamaica to victory in the 4x100m relay.

He has now won the sprint treble - 100m/200m/4x100m - at the past three Olympic Games.

Bolt collected the baton in third position and then exploded, bursting past Japan and the USA to cap off a remarkable Olympic career.

Former world record holder Asafa Powell started for Jamaica, Yohan Blake ran the second leg with Nickel Ashmeade passing the baton to Bolt.

The Jamaicans clocked 37.37sec with Japan producing a national record of 37.60sec for silver while Canada ran 37.64 for third. The US and Trinidad and Tobago were both disqualified.

"There you go, I am the greatest," Bolt said after the race.

"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. I'll stay up late tonight."

There was plenty of controversy in the women's 4x100m relay with the USA winning gold after being initially disqualified in the heats.

Superstar Allyson Felix had dropped the baton in the heat after being bumped by a Brazilian runner but after a protest it was decided the USA could do a re-run by themselves that night.

They produced a time fast enough to make the final - replacing China - and then from lane one in the gold medal race they delivered an extraordinary performance, clocking the second fastest time in history 41.01sec.

Tori Bowie ran brilliantly over the final leg to win gold, keeping Jamaica at bay who clocked 41.36sec for second with Great Britain setting a new national record of 41.77sec for third.


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