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Usain Bolt becomes first athlete to win 9 gold medals in sprinting events of Olympics

Jamaican Sprinter Usain Bolt created an unprecedented record of a triple treble (first athlete to win 9 gold medals in sprinting events of Olympics) by winning third Gold medal in Rio Olympics 2016.

He achieved this feat after Jamaica won gold medal in 4x100m relay final at the Rio Olympics. The team comprised of Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell, Yohan Blake and Nickel Ashmeade.

Earlier in August 2016, Bolt had won gold medal in the 100-metre final at the Rio Olympics, becoming first athlete to win the event three times at consecutive Olympic Games. It was followed by his second win in the 200-metre final with a gold medal.

With this, Bolt created a new record of three sprinting gold medals in three consecutive Olympics. He has won gold medals the 100 meters, 200 meters and 4×100 meters in Beijing 2008, London 2012 and now in Rio 2016.

About Usain Bolt

  • Usain Bolt was born 21 August 1986 in Trelawny, Jamaica. He has earned nickname Lightning Bolt due to his achievements in sprinting.
  • He is regarded as the fastest person in the world ever timed. He is first athlete to hold both the 100 metres and 200 metres world records.
  • He also holds the world record in the 4 × 100 metres relay. He also has won World and Olympic champion in these three events.

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Sprinter Dutee Chand qualifies for 2016 Rio Olympics

Indian sprinter Dutee Chand has qualified for 2016 Rio Olympics in the women’s 100metre event scheduled to be held in August 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Dutee qualified for the Rio Olympics after meeting the qualification mark at 26th International Meeting G.Kosanov Memorial in Almaty, Kazakhstan.  In this event, she clocked 11.30 seconds beating the Rio Olympics qualification mark of 11.32 secs.

With this, she became the first Indian woman sprinter to qualify for the event since qualification started for the event. PT Usha had qualified for the event in 1980 Olympics.

In the 26th International Meeting G.Kosanov Memorial, Kazakhstan’s Viktoriya Zyabkinawon won the race with personal best performance of 11.15s.

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