Usain Bolt Now Has A 'Perfect Nine' Gold Olympic Medals, The 'Triple-Triple' Achieved

4x100m gold makes it three Olympic titles at three games. Legend.
Usain Bolt races toward the finish line for his ninth Olympic gold.
Usain Bolt races toward the finish line for his ninth Olympic gold.
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Usain Bolt’s Olympic swansong saw the greatest ever track and field athlete win his third gold medal in each of three Olympics - the triple-triple.

The Jamaican’s perfect record never looked in doubt when, in the 4x400 metre final in Rio, he was handed the baton when neck-and-neck with the US and Japan. There was only going to be one winner.

The treble, treble is complete!

What a moment for Usain Bolt... #Rio2016

β€” BBC Sport (@BBCSport) August 20, 2016

He signed off from his sport’s biggest stage in trademark fashion as he took the baton from Nickel Ashmeade and, knees high and arms pumping, stormed away from second-placed Japan to huge cheers.


His achievement, unprecedented, bears stating. A clean sweep of 100m, 200m and sprint relay golds from three successive Games, to bring his gold medal haul to nine.

Earlier this month, the 29-year-old confirmed Rio would be his last Olympics.

β€œYes, this is the last Olympics for sure, I have done everything, and have proven myself,” he told reporters at a press conference.

The β€œfastest man on earth” leaves the Olympic stage having revived a dying, sometimes blighted sport with an infectious personality and incredible speed.

The plaudits were instant and will continue for days.

Champion! Champion! Champion! πŸ…πŸ…πŸ…πŸ…πŸ…πŸ…πŸ…πŸ…πŸ… @usainbolt πŸ‡―πŸ‡²

β€” Denise Lewis (@RealDeniseLewis) August 20, 2016

He even had time to tweet his fans (we’re sure it was him).

Olympics Record

Beijing 2008
100 πŸ…
200 πŸ…
4x100 πŸ…

London 2012
100 πŸ…
200 πŸ…
4x100 πŸ…#Rio2016
100 πŸ…
200 πŸ…
4x100 πŸ…#Gold

β€” Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) August 20, 2016

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