‘Lightning Bolt’ goes out with a bang

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Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest man, signed off on his fourth and final Olympic Games in characteristically brilliant fashion.

What a showman. Usain Bolt electrified Rio 2016, taking his place among history’s greatest athletes. In a first among the world’s sprinting greats, Bolt pulled off an extraordinary triple-triple — three gold medals in three events at three Olympics in a row. And of course, he did it with style.

Exuberant, playful and bombastic, the Jamaican cheesed for the crowds, never missing a chance to strike his signature “Lightning Bolt” pose. He told reporters he came to Rio shooting for immortality, hoping to join the likes of Muhammad Ali and Pele. With three more gold medals to his name, he walked off the Olympic track, for what he says is the last time, with nothing left to prove.

"There you go, I am the greatest."

- Usain Bolt

25 mph his fastest speed (during 4x100m relay)

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Bolt exults in his men's 200m victory at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Bolt blew away the field in what he said would be his last individual Olympic race.


Bolt sprints to the win in the men's 200m in Rio.

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Bolt strikes his signature pose — called “Bolting,” the “Lightning Bolt” or “To Di World” for Jamaicans — after winning the gold in the men's 200m in Rio.

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Bolt marks his place in athletic history with his three Olympic gold medals from Rio, bringing his tally of Olympic gold to nine. He’s the first runner in history to win all three sprint titles — the men’s 100m, 200m and 4x100m — at three consecutive Games.

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