UPDATED: Monday, August 15, 7:42 AM EST:
And although it was the slowest time with which Bolt has won a major championship, it was enough to satisfy a crowd who chanted his name from the second he appeared on the big screen through to the moment he paraded the track draped in the Jamaican flag.
With fears over security and empty seats threatening to overshadow Rio 2016, he provided the good-news story everybody craved, crossing the line in 9.81 seconds to fend off the challenge of rival Justin Gatlin in Sunday’s final.
All-around champion Simone Biles continues to make history, winning her third Olympic gold medal for the individual vault title on Sunday. The 19-year-old Texan is the first American female gymnast to win three gold medals in a single Olympics.
According to the Los Angeles Times, in the vault final, gymnasts vault twice and the scores are averaged. On her first pass, Biles scored a 15.900, landing with a tiny step back, and on her second, she scored a 16.033 for an impressive 15.966 average score. The silver went to Russia’s Maria Paseka (15.253) and the bronze to Switzerland’s Giulia Steingruber (15.216).
Biles’ win also marks the first time an American gymnast has won a title on the vault. According to Reuters, Biles said taking home the gold for the vault is incredibly gratifying since she’s never been able to do it at the world championships.
“It was good, I feel very excited because having gone to worlds and having two silvers and a bronze it means a lot to me … It’s something that I wanted so badly,” she said, writes the news outlet.
And of course, the congrats are pouring in:
Oh, and if you needed even more of Simone’s #BlackExcellence, peep her new Nike commercial to Beyoncé’s song “Jealous.”
Biles has two more opportunities to win an unprecedented five gold medals with the balance beam individual contest on Monday and the floor exercise on Tuesday.
Good luck, Simone!