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Jamaica wins 4x100 relay giving Bolt 9th gold

Elettra Stolfi | 22 Agosto, 2016, 22:49

Seven medal events are being held in track and field Saturday, giving plenty of athletes a chance to shine on the big stage now that Bolt has exited.

Even the gods, of some sort, seemed to agree Friday night.

The result gave Bolt his ninth Olympic gold medal and secured an unprecedented three consecutive titles in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay. Farah won the 10,000 meters last week in Rio despite tumbling to the ground after being tripped, and won both those long-distance races at the 2012 London Olympics.

"There you go, I am the greatest", Bolt told reporters.

It was Germany's fourth gold in the canoe sprint races on the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon. "And in the process, I became one of the greatests".

It was Heath's second medal in Rio, after his silver in the men's 200 meters double. The Canadians were bumped up to third, 37.64. The American women made it look easy in their heat Friday night, winning by more than 3 seconds over second-place Ukraine, while Jamaica, the US and Belgium had the top qualifying times on the men's side.

In Lane One, the inside, where physics says it is toughest - with 41.01 the second-fastest women's 4x100m relay in Olympic history. The win boosted the spirits of a country that has been dealing with a recession, political turmoil, health scares and rampant crime - not to mention the lingering effects of a 7-1 rout against Germany in the 2014 World Cup.

A Jamaican team containing Elaine Thompson and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, took silver in 41.36.

"When there aren't other circumstances out of our control, we can kind of get the job done", Gardner said later.

The gold is Felix's fifth, the most of any USA female track star in history.

"I'm sharing with the team, so it's very special", she said.

But whatever number Bolt's Olympic haul turns out to be, tonight he is ideal.

Queiroz also won a silver and a bronze in the single events.

Gay, 34, added: "Words can't describe that type of a guy and what he's done for the sport". Same as Carl Lewis.

The easy answer: one of them, for sure.

The soon to be 30-year-old thus established a flawless record of nine gold medals over three Olympic tournaments, the first being Beijing 2008. A world record over 100m, a world record over 200m, a world record in the sprint relay. But, again in Berlin, he went 19.19.

Three Olympics, three races at each, three gold medals every time.

For Bartoletta, it was her second gold in Rio, after she also won the long jump. That promoted Canada to the bronze medal.

Latynina has 18 medals overall. Felix is the first women athlete to reach five golds. At the 1952 Helsinki Games, Zatopek, widely considered the most innovative if not best runner of the 20th century, won the 5000m, 10,000m and marathon - that marathon his first-ever. She was recruited to try triathlon seven years ago and is now the top woman in the sport.

Or "immortal", his own suggestion about where he might rank if he went three-for-three here.

The track drama Friday and the prospect of a Brazil football final on Saturday nearly overcame the shame felt by many Olympians after star swimmer Ryan Lochte had to apologise for inventing a story that he had been mugged in Rio. The U.S. team lodged a protest, hoping to get the medal back. Afterward, Bailey memorably made a throat-slash gesture - an indication that he, for sure, did not fear the vaunted Bolt or the Jamaicans.

U.S. were disqualified as the Americans' first exchange between Mike Rodgers and Justin Gatlin was judged to have taken place outside the exchange zone. Trayvon Bromell drew the anchor.

But Asafa Powell, Yohan Blake and Nickel Ashmeade were in no mood to fluff their lines.

"Track and field is hard".

"There is nothing like playing at home and having the chance of winning something that we've dreamed about for so long", Brazil striker Neymar said. "So, I'm happy. I have relief it's over".

Later on Twitter, Bolt said the record was for the fans.

When he was just 8 years old, Ashton Eaton said, the sprinter Michael Johnson had inspired him.

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