Bolt affirms he's the greatest
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil:
Everything stood still, even the lottery draw in Jamaica was delayed, but Usain Bolt hit the jackpot last night continuing his dominance in the sprints.
He entered the Olympic Stadium track to Earth-moving screams and with arms spread wide, quite like the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue that overlooks the city.
He left it in very much the same way that he arrived. On top.
Usain Bolt is the first man to win three Olympic 100 m gold medals and now takes his tally to seven, with Jamaica improving to two gold and a bronze after three days of track and field action at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Justin Gatlin, the determined American like he did at the 2013 and 2015 World Championships, had to settle for the silver medal.
Young Canadian Andre de Grasse, 9.91, followed up his third place run at last year's World Championships with a bronze medal to raise his stocks even further, much to the disappointment of the man he beat to the podium, Jamaican Yohan Blake, who clocked 9.93.
It will not go down as one of his best races, in fact, with Wayde van Niekerk confirming the pace on the Mondo a few minutes earlier with a world record 43.03 run in the 400 m, expectations of a faster time were not unreasonable.
Kimberly Williams missed out on a medal in the women's triple jump final with her best distance of 14.53m, which came on her last attempt, giving her seventh place behind gold medal winner Caterine Ibarguen (Colombia), 15.17m, Yulimar Rojas (Venezuela), 14.98m and Olga Rypakova (Kazakhstan), 14.74m.
American Allyson Felix looked ominous in her heat against the lady that many consider her biggest threat to the gold medal Bahamian Shaunae Miller, but two Jamaicans will also be pushing for women's 400 m medals at 10:45 p.m. (8:45 p.m. Jamaica time).
Shericka Jackson was impressive and also in disbelief after she crossed the line in 49.83, a big improvement on her previous personal best of 49.99, which she ran on her way to bronze at the World Championships in Beijing last year.
McPherson booked her spot with a second-place finish in her heat, running 50.69 to finish behind American Phyllis Francis, 50.31 and ahead of Olha Zemlyak (Ukraine), 50.75. Christine Day, 51.53 finished fourth in her heat and failed to make the final.
World leader and gold medal favourite Omar McLeod, Deuce Carter and Commonwealth champion Andrew Riley will contest the 110 m hurdles heats at 8:40 p.m. (6:40 p.m.).
Jamaica has three competitors in the women's discus for the first time in Olympic history and all three Shadae Lawrence, Tarasue Barnett and Kellion Knibb will compete in qualifying round action today.
Aisha Praught will compete in the women's 3000m steeplechase final at 11:15 a.m. (9:15 a.m.).
Roxroy Cato runs from lane seven in the third heat with Jaheel Hyde following from lane 4 in the following heat, while Annsert Whyte will run out of lane one in heat five.
Yona Knight-Wisdom will today become the first Jamaican male to compete in Olympic diving, when he competes in the 3 m springboard event at 3:15 p.m. (1:15 p.m.) inside the Maria Lenk Aquatic Centre.