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Bolt completes 'triple triple' with ninth Olympic gold

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Usain Bolt ended his Olympic career by claiming an unprecedented ‘triple triple’ and his ninth gold as Jamaica won the 4x100m relay final in Rio.

Bolt, 29, had won the 100m and 200m in Rio and is the only man to win all three sprint events at three Games.

He combined with Asafa Powell, Yohan Blake and Nickel Ashmeade to finish in 37.27 seconds.

Japan won a surprise silver and the USA were disqualified to hand Canada bronze and lift Britain up to fifth.

‘I’m the greatest’

“There you go. I’m the greatest,” said Bolt, after bringing an end to one of the most astonishing Olympic careers of all time.

In February, Bolt confirmed he would retire after the 2017 World Championships in London and will not compete at Tokyo 2020, at which point he will be nearly 34.

His haul of nine gold medals is the joint highest among Olympic athletics, equal with USA sprinter and long jumper Carl Lewis and Finnish long-distance runner Paavo Nurmi.

Usain Bolt

“I’m going to stay up late and have fun. I never knew this would happen when I started out,” Bolt told BBC Sport.

“My team came through for me tonight. As long as we got the baton round, it was never in doubt.”

Blake made an attempt to persuade 100m and 200m world-record holder Bolt to continue for another four years, saying: “Usain needs to be immortal and he is immortal. I will encourage him to come back for 2020.”

Bolt’s Olympic ‘triple triple’
Beijing 2008 100m, 200m, 4x100m
London 2012 100m, 200m, 4x100m
Rio 2016 100m, 200m, 4x100m

Why were USA disqualified?

The American team of Mike Rodgers, Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay and Trayvon Bromell celebrated winning a bronze before they were disqualified.

The USA team were told it was because Gatlin received the baton too early from Rodgers in the first handover, but they are now appealing against the decision.