ATHLETICS-OLY-2016-RIO

Usain Bolt Claims Ninth Career Gold Medal as Jamaica Wins 4×100 Relay

Usain Bolt ended his Olympic career by claiming an unprecedented ‘triple triple’ and his ninth gold as Jamaica won the 4x100m relay final in Rio.

Bolt, 29, had won the 100m and 200m in Rio and is the only man to win all three sprint events at three Games.

Jamiaca won in a time of 37.27 seconds, with Japan in second and Canada third after the United States was disqualified for an exchange zone infraction.

“I told the guys if it didn’t happen tonight I would beat them up,” said Bolt, who now calls time on his Olympic career having won golds in the 100, 200 and relay at three consecutive Games.

Bolt surged down the track like he has done so many times before, powering his way into Olympic history — and further into greatness.

“I am proud of myself and I have to say thanks to the guys,” Bolt said. “The pressure is real. I look at it as accomplishment. I live for these moments, it is beautiful and I came through. I’ll go home, stay up late tonight talking and having fun. It is not real. It is a brilliant feeling. I am the greatest.”

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