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Usain Bolt wins the 100 meters, once again making it look easy

Usain Bolt Rio Final
Usain Bolt Rio Final

(Paul Gilham/Getty)

Usain Bolt won the men's 100 meters on Sunday night in Rio in convincing fashion, pulling away from the field while capturing gold in 9.81 seconds and retaining the title of "World's Fastest Man."

With the win, Bolt became the first sprinter to win gold in the 100 meters in three consecutive Olympics.

Bolt got off to a slow start in the final, however, while American Justin Gatlin looked to be closing in a surprise gold. But then Bolt turned into his top gear, passing Gatlin and again crossing the line well ahead of the field.

"I expected better," Bolt said of himself, and his start, in an interview with NBC.

Yet Bolt still had enough of an edge over his competitors to pound his chest in victory when he crossed the line:

Usain Bolt Finish
Usain Bolt Finish

(Richard Heathcote/Getty)

Here's the finish:

Usain Bolt Finish
Usain Bolt Finish

(Richard Heathcote/Getty)

Gatlin took silver. Andre De Grasse of Canada took bronze.

After his win, Bolt celebrated with his signature lightning-bolt pose. This time, without shoes:

Usain Bolt Pose
Usain Bolt Pose

(Ian Walton/Getty)

Bolt entered the Rio Olympics as something of a question mark, having dropped out of Jamaican Olympic qualifying five weeks before the games with a nagging hamstring injury. But after being named to his country's Olympic team, he has looked like his old self in Rio.

Bolt looked solid in the preliminary round of the 100 meters on Saturday, practically jogging into the semifinal despite an average start. He again cruised to victory in the semifinal earlier Sunday night, flashing a toothy smile and looking around at his competitors as he seemingly effortlessly flew across the line.

Bolt, who turns 30 next Sunday, still has the 200 meters and the 4x100-meter relay ahead of him in Rio. With his performance on Sunday, Bolt has once again shown the world that he is the best sprinter to ever live. But was that ever really a doubt?

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