Usain Bolt wins third straight Olympic gold in 100 meters; American Justin Gatlin takes silver

In this 2013 photo Jamaica's Usain Bolt, left, crosses the finish line ahead of USA's Justin Gatlin in the Men's 100-meter final at the World Athletics Championships in the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia. AP Photo

UPDATE: Usain Bolt has won the 100 meters at his third straight Olympics. American Justin Gatlin took the silver medal.

PREVIOUS STORY: The world’s fastest man will be crowned Sunday night as Olympic athletes in Rio de Janeiro compete for 22 gold medals in 12 sports.

Usain Bolt – a simply unmissable figure to watch – is seeking an unprecedented third straight gold in the 100 meters. He must beat American Justin Gatlin, who posted the fastest time in the heats.


The 400 meter final features a showdown between LaShawn Merritt of the United States, Kirani James of Grenada and Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa.

Britain’s Andy Murray, trying to become the first player to win two Olympic singles golds, faces Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina. Venus Williams can become the first tennis player with five Olympic golds if she and Rajeev Ram win the mixed doubles.

On the golf course, Britain’s Justin Rose holds a one-shot lead over Sweden’s Henrik Stenson going into the final round. It’ll be first Olympic medal in golf since 1904.

Olympic all-around champion Simone Biles goes for her third gold in Rio when she competes in the women’s vault. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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