Nine-gold wonder!


August 20, 2016
Jamaica's Novlene Williams-Mills competes in a women's 4x400-meter relay heat during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,last night.


Will we ever see a more dominant track and field athlete in the Olympic Games? Will we ever see another, so capable of capturing the world's imagination?

There can be no doubt, Usain Bolt is the greatest track and field athlete this world has ever seen, and last night the world watched as he won his ninth Olympic gold medal to secure a third consecutive triple gold medal performance at the Olympic Games.

It has never been done before.

His nine gold medals takes him at the top of the list for Olympic track and field athletes and signed off an Olympic career unlike any before his.

He needed his friends this time.

Helped by his team-mates in the men's 4x100m final, Usain Bolt added to his Rio 2016 100m and 200m gold medals, anchoring the Jamaicans to a commanding win inside the Olympic Stadium.

The Jamaicans secured their seventh straight 4x100m gold medal at a major championships clocking 37.27 seconds

Asafa Powell - like he did in 2008, promised Bolt that he would help him to another triple gold medal performance here, he wasn't lying.

clean exchange

Powell was out of the starting blocks in a hurry before making a clean exchange to Yohan Blake on the backstretch. Jamaica had the advantage.

In the end the US battle didn't matter at all with the Americans getting disqualified yet again, this time for a baton exchange violation with Japan finishing second in 37.50 and Canada getting the bronze in 37.64.

As Bolt huffed and puffed his way down the Mondo track, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Christania Williams and Elaine Thompson watched on with excited screams.

They had just won Jamaica's fifth medal in the women's 4x100m.

Fraser-Pryce was on anchor duty and try as she did, there was no stopping the Americans who ran away with the gold medal in 41.01 with their team of Tianna Bartoletta, Allyson Felix, English Gardner and Tori Bowie posting what was the second fastest time in history.

strong wins

The Jamaicans, who had to recover from a shaky first exchange between Williams and Thompson, etched their name in the number three spot all time with a 41.36 silver medal effort with Great Britain and Northern Ireland running a national record, 41.77 for third place.

"Tonight we wanted Elaine (Thompson) to get the third gold medal but somethings work in God's will and we have to give God thanks, we finished healthy and for us it's an honour to come together and represent the country as a team," said Fraser-Pryce.

"We did our best we were going for the gold but we fell short but we will be going for it again, we never give up, we will go for it again next year," added Campbell-Brown.

Jamaica's lone gold in the event at the Olympic Games came at the 2004 Athens Games.

Nonetheless, the Jamaican medal tally rose to nine (six gold, one silver, two bronze) - matching the country's highest ever gold medal tally at an Olympic Games.

Both 4x400m relay teams are safely through to today's finals and will look to add to that after strong wins in their respective heats.

Javon Francis anchored the team of Rusheen McDonald, Nathon Allen and Peter Matthews to a well taken win over the USA in their heat, with the Jamaicans crossing the line in 2:58.29 - the fastest time going into today's medal showdown, which gets started at 10:35pm (8:35pm Jamaica time)

The female team of Christine Day, Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby, Chrisann Gordon and Novlene Williams-Mills were comfortable winners in their heat, stopping the clock at 3:22.38 for the second fastest time going into the final behind the USA's 3:21.42.

The women's 4x400m final takes place at 10:00pm (8:00pm Jamaica time).

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