UPDATE: Saturday, August 11 at 4:20 p.m. ET by Austin Green
Usain Bolt has officially defended all three of his Beijing titles, as he and his Jamaican teammates won gold in the 4x100-meter relay, finishing with a world-record time of 36.84.
It was another incredible performance from Bolt, Yohan Blake, Nesta Carter and Michael Frater, all of whom ran excellent legs.
Bolt served as the anchor, and although he was neck-and-neck with Ryan Bailey as he received the baton, he had no trouble blowing past the American.
The USA ended up with silver, as expected, finishing with a national record time of 37.04. Trinidad and Tobago (38.12) took bronze.
While the Americans ran a great race, Bolt and the Jamaicans were simply too good. With the victory, Bolt earned his sixth Olympic gold medal, further solidifying his status as the greatest sprinter of all-time.
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Bolt holds the world record in each event he will be competing in during the London Games, and the 4x100-meter relay is no exception. He and his teammates set a blistering pace at the 2011 World Championships and finished with a record time of 37.04 seconds. No team can come close to matching their talent, so the Jamaicans are about as big of a favorite as there can possibly be in a race.
With that said, though, there are a lot of crazy things that can happen in a relay. Not only does Bolt have to depend on others to help him capture gold, but a relay isn't simply about running. The baton pass is a huge part of it, and a sloppy exchange or a drop can completely derail a team's chances.
There have been some surprising Olympic champions in the relay over the years because of the unpredictability of the action. If Jamaica runs a clean race, then there is no other country that can come close; but that is far from a foregone conclusion.
The hype surrounding this race will be immense if Bolt manages to defend his 100-meter and 200-meter titles, so there will be a lot of pressure on the other Jamaican sprinters to be flawless. They could respond positively to that, but it could also be debilitating. It's impossible to say how they will react.
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