Bolt takes third gold medal at Championships, ties world record
With his three gold medals at the World Championships, Usain Bolt raised his total to eight, tying Americans Carl Lewis, Michael Johnson and Allyson Felix for the most gold medals of all time.
Usain Bolt completed a stellar showing at the World Track and Field Championships in Moscow on Sunday, anchoring the Jamaicans’ 4 X 100 relay team to claim his third gold medal of the nine-day event.
Bolt was also victorious in the 100 and 200 meters, raising his overall gold medal count to eight, tying the record held by Americans Carl Lewis, Michael Johnson and Allyson Felix.
Bolt and the trio of Nesta Carter, Kemar Bailey-Cole and Nickel Ashmeade took gold with a time of 37.36 seconds, .30 seconds faster than the Americans, who were lead by Justin Gatlin. Canada took home the bronze after the British were disqualified for a faulty handoff.
The US team’s final exchange to Gatlin wasn’t as clean as that of the Jamaican’s, and it ultimately cost them the event.
“I wasn’t really worried about Justin,” Bolt said to the AP. “I knew if he got the baton in front of me, I could catch him.”
“I’m proud of myself and I’ll continue to work to dominate for as long as possible,” he said. Bolt plans on competing at the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro.
The US finished with the most overall medals (25 to Russia’s 17), but the host country earned seven gold medals, one ahead of the Americans.
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