Bolt is going for his third consecutive gold medal in the 100 — something that has never been done before. The 29-year-old track superstar already owns the world record of 9.58 and the Olympic record of 9.63 in the event.
The world’s fastest man made his Rio debut on Saturday (13 Aug 2016) and it’s safe to say he’s returned to his Olympic form.
Usain Bolt blew the competition away in his qualifying heat of the men’s 100 meters with a winning time of 10.07.
Whilst it seemed every other competitor was running for their lives, Usain Bolt effortlessly was jogging whilst pulling so far ahead that he had time to check the clock as he crossed the finish line..
Bolt, who has had a disappointing year of competition (at least by Usain Bolt standards), ran through the heat with ease in front of a stadium filled with tens of thousands of fans. While his recent struggles with a hamstring injury had many wondering what to expect from the Jamaican sprinter, Bolt put those questions to bed in the first race of what he said will be his final Summer Games.
Meanwhile, Justin Gatlin clocked 10.01 seconds, the fastest time of the first round, to win his heat by .19 seconds whilst Trayvon Bromell finished second in his heat in 10.13 seconds. It was the first Olympic race for the 21-year-old U.S. sprinter.
Watch the video where Usain Bolt checks time before finish line below.