Written by Staff Writer
20 Aug, 2016 | 7:41 am
Usain Bolt has completed his triple-triple, anchoring the Jamaica 4×100-meter relay to victory in the final to ensure three gold medals at three consecutive Olympics.
Bolt, who has won the 100, 200 and 4×100 relay gold medals at Beijing, London and now Rio, crossed in 37.27 seconds. Japan set an Asian record to take the silver in 37.60, holding off the third-place Americans by 0.02.
Earlier Friday, the U.S. women retained the 4×100-meter relay title and helped Allyson Felix win her record fifth Olympic gold medal.
The Americans, who needed to set a qualifying time in a solo rerun hours after dropping the baton in the preliminaries and getting a second chance on protest, won the final in 41.01 seconds. A Jamaican team containing Elaine Thompson and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, was second in 41.36. Britain won bronze in a national record 41.77.
The 30-year-old Felix entered the games as one of six women with four Olympic gold medals in track and field. The U.S. women also qualified fastest for Saturday’s 4×400 relay final.
Phyllis Francis anchored the 4×400 relay in the first of two preliminaries Friday night and finished 20 meters clear of second-place Ukraine in a season-best 3:21.42. Poland and Australia were third and fourth to reach the final. Jamaica won the second 4×400 qualifying heat in 3:22.38, followed by Britain and Canada.
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