15 Aug 2016

Bolt claims third gold in 100m sprint

2:27 pm on 15 August 2016

Rio 2016 Olympics - Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt has won the 100m final at the Rio Olympics to claim his third consecutive gold in the event.

Usain Bolt celebrates after winning the 100m men's sprint at the Rio Olympics.

Usain Bolt celebrates after winning the 100m men's sprint at the Rio Olympics. Photo: AFP

Bolt crossed the line in a season's best time of 9.81 seconds, with American Justin Gatlin just seven hundredths of a second slower to win silver.

Canada's Andre DeGrasse took the bronze.

The win takes Bolt a step closer to his goal of winning a historic triple-triple, which is the combination of winning gold in the 100m, 200m, and the 4X100m relay, in three consecutive Olympics.

The men's 200m sprint heats get under way on Wednesday.

- RNZ

Get the new RNZ app

for ad-free news and current affairs

We have regular online commentary of local and international sport.