Bolt seals triple-triple as Jamaica win sprint relay

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Bolt seals triple-triple as Jamaica win sprint relay

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Usain Bolt claims his ninth Olympic gold medal as Jamaica blow out the rest of the field to win the men’s 4×100 metres relay in Rio.

SHOWS: RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL (AUGUST 19, 2016) (REUTERS PICTURES – FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS) (MUTE)

1. STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF JAMAICAN SPRINTER USAIN BOLT RECEIVING BATON FROM TEAM-MATE NICKEL ASHMEADE FOR FINAL LEG OF RELAY

2. VARIOUS STILL PHOTOGRAPHS OF BOLT RUNNING FINAL LEG AND PULLING AWAY FROM FIELD

3. VARIOUS STILL PHOTOGRAPHS OF BOLT CROSSING LINE IN TIME OF 37.27 SECONDS TO WIN GOLD MEDAL / JAPAN FINISH IN SECOND AND CANADA CLAIM THIRD AFTER UNITED STATES ARE DISQUALIFIED

4. STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF BOLT CELEBRATING WINNING RACE

5. VARIOUS STILL PHOTOGRAPHS OF BOLT HOLDING OUT THREE FINGERS IN CELEBRATION OF THREE OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALS AT RIO 2016

6. STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF JAMAICAN TEAM OF BOLT, ASHMEADE, ASAFA POWELL AND YOHAN BLAKE IN HUDDLE FOLLOWING GOLD MEDAL WINNING RACE

7. VARIOUS STILL PHOTOGRAPHS OF JAPAN TEAM CELEBRATING SILVER MEDAL

8. STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF BOLT CONGRATULATING JAPAN TEAM

9. STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF UNITED STATES TEAM REACTING TO DISQUALIFICATION

10. STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF JAMAICA TEAM POSING WITH FLAGS

11. STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF BOLT POSING IN TRADEMARK POSE

12. STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF BOLT OPENING ARMS TO THE CROWD

STORY: Usain Bolt drew down the curtain on his brilliant Olympic career by securing a sweep of the sprint titles for a third successive Games when Jamaica successfully defended the 4×100 metres relay crown on Friday.

Two days before his 30th birthday, Bolt ran the anchor leg as the Jamaicans won in 37.27 seconds to add the relay gold to the 100 metres and 200 metres titles he had won for a third straight Olympics.

His ninth gold medal drew him level with Paavo Nurmi, the Finn who dominated distance running in the early 20th century, and American sprinter and long jumper Carl Lewis as the most successful Olympic track and field athletes.

Ryoto Yamagata ran a blistering opening leg for Japan, who won a stunning silver for their first Olympic medal in the sprint relay in 37.60, improving the Asian record they set in qualifying.

Trayvon Bromell’s dip for the line was so aggressive that he stumbled over and the United States thought they were settling for bronze in 37.62, the first time they had failed to finish in the top two when they started a final.

The situation went from bad to worse, though, when they were disqualified along with Trinidad and Tobago. TV pictures showed Bromell stepping into Bolt’s lane in the run to the line.

Canada were elevated to bronze after their run of 37.64, a national record which gave Andre de Grasse his third medal of the Games after his bronze in the 100m and silver in the 200.

It was the only medal that Bolt was going for that required the input of anyone else but Asafa Powell, Yohan Blake and Nickel Ashmeade gave the double sprint world record holder the narrowest of leads at the final exchange.

That was always going to be enough, though, and Bolt powered down the straight to finish five metres clear of Japan’s Aska Cambridge

Olympic athletics men’s 4 x 100m relay final result:

1. Jamaica (Jamaica) Asafa Powell/Yohan Blake/Nickel Ashmeade/Usain Bolt 37.27 seconds

2. Japan (Japan) Ryota Yamagata/Shota Iizuka/Yoshihide Kiryu/Aska Cambridge 37.60

3. Canada (Canada) Akeem Haynes/Aaron Brown/Brendon Rodney/Andre De Grasse 37.64

4. China (China) Tang Xingqiang/Xie Zhenye/Su Bingtian/Zhang Peimeng 37.90

5. Britain (Britain) Richard Kilty/Harry Aikines-Aryeetey/James Ellington/Adam Gemili 37.98

6. Brazil (Brazil) Ricardo De Souza/Vitor Hugo Dos Santos/Bruno De Barros/Jorge Henrique Vides 38.41

. Trinidad & Tobago (Trinidad and Tobago) Keston Bledman/Rondel Sorrillo/Emmanuel Callender/Richard Thompson DSQ

. U.S. (U.S.) Mike Rodgers/Justin Gatlin/Tyson Gay/Trayvon Bromell DSQ

Tags : Relay, Sprint, Jamaica, Tripletriple, Seals, Bolt

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