Usain tightens third 100m golden Bolt
USAIN Bolt stormed to an unprecedented third straight Olympic 100m title while Wayde van Niekerk smashed Michael Johnson's long-standing 400m record yesterday.
On a night of high drama, Bolt galloped past drug-tainted United States opponent Justin Gatlin to cross the line in 9.81sec.
The emphatic victory set the Jamaican showman off on his quest to complete the "triple triple" - 100m, 200m and 4x100m gold medals at three consecutive Olympics.
"Somebody said I can become immortal. Two more medals to go and I can sign off.
"Immortal," said Bolt.
Although well short of his world record, Bolt expressed satisfaction with his performance.
"It was brilliant.
"I didn't go so fast but I'm so happy I won.
"I told you guys I was going to do it," he added.
Minutes earlier, jaws dropped as South Africa's van Niekerk timed a lightning 43.03sec in the 400m, breaking Johnson's 17-year-old record set in 1999.
Johnson, whose 43.18sec record had stood for such a long time, told the BBC: "I have never seen anything like that.
"It is amazing. That was a massacre by van Niekerk.
"This young man has done something truly special."