Usain Bolt reaffirmed his status as the world's fastest man Sunday night, winning his third straight gold medal in the 100-meter dash with a blistering run of 9.81 seconds.
En route to becoming the first man to win three consecutive Olympic golds in the short-distance sprint, Bolt bested silver medalist Justin Gatlin of the United States and bronze medalist Andre De Grasse of Canada.
NBC Olympics on Twitter provided a snapshot of the moment Bolt crossed the finish line and entered the record books:
Here's a look at the final standings and official results from Sunday's 100-meter dash final:
|Men's 100-Meter Dash Results|
|2||Justin Gatlin||United States||9.89|
|3||Andre De Grasse||Canada||9.91|
|5||Akani Simbine||South Africa||9.94|
|6||Ben Youssef Meite||Ivory Coast||9.96|
|8||Trayvon Bromell||United States||10.06|
And here's a complete overview of the updated medal count, which features the United States, China and Great Britain in the top three positions:
Bolt suffered a Grade 1 hamstring tear during Jamaican qualifying, but it was clear during preliminary heats he was at full strength when he cruised past the competition without substantially exerting himself.
The same held true in the semifinals, when Bolt ran a cool 9.86-second 100 to win his heat and clinch a spot in the final, as Bleacher Report's Lars Anderson observed:
With that time in tow as a benchmark, Bolt burned past the competition in the final. He put on the jets over the final 20 meters to cement his place as the greatest 100-meter sprinter in Olympic history.
According to ESPN Stats & Info, the 29-year-old became the second-oldest 100-meter dash champion in Olympic history.
Shortly after the win, Bolt tweeted out a message to his compatriots in Jamaica:
Gatlin—who won gold in 2004 and bronze in 2012—got off the blocks brilliantly in trademark fashion, and it appeared as though he would give Bolt a real scare through the first 50 meters.
Once the home stretch was in sight, however, Bolt shifted into fifth gear and blew past the American in what will go down as one of the most memorable moments of the 2016 Olympics.
Bolt will now turn his attention to the men's 200-meter qualifying heats Tuesday. He'll then attempt to make more history with his fellow Jamaican sprinters in the 4x100-meter relay beginning with qualification heats Thursday.
"It was brilliant," Bolt said, according to the Olympic News Service. "I didn't go so fast, but I'm so happy I won. I told you guys I was going to do it."
"Somebody said I can become immortal," Bolt added, per the Olympic News Service. "Two more medals to go and I can sign off. Immortal."
As for the silver and bronze medalists, both Gatlin and De Grasse appeared pleased with their showings in Rio.
"At the age of 34, to race these young guys and still make the podium feels so good," Gatlin said after his second-place finish, according to the Olympic News Service.
"I'm speechless," De Grasse said of his bronze, per the Olympic News Serivce. "They're probably jumping up and down screaming back home in Canada."