Rio Olympics: I am 'the greatest', declares Usain Bolt after winning 9th gold

Rio de Janeiro, Aug 20: Usain Bolt declared he is the "greatest" after completing a historic "Triple Treble" at the Rio Olympics on Saturday (August 20).

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The 29-year-old Bolt once again proved he is the best in the business by leading his Jamaican team to 4x100 metres relay gold at the Olympic Stadium. With the Games over for him, he can now relax and celebrate his 30th birthday tomorrow (August 21).

Usain Bolt holds a model of himself as he celebrates winning the gold medal in the men's 4x100-metre relay at Rio Olympics

With the latest victory, Bolt became "immortal" with 9 sprint golds. He has won 100m, 200m and 4x100m golds in 3 consecutive Olympics (Bejing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016). Asafa Powell, Yohan Blake and Nickel Ashmeade were Bolt's team-mates in the relay race as they won in 37.27 seconds.

It was a fitting end to his Olympic journey. Bolt bowed out as the best sprint athlete of all-time.

"There you go, I'm the greatest," Bolt declared after running into history books with a 9th gold.

"I'm going to stay up late and have fun. I never knew this would happen when I started out," he added.

On his Instagram account, Bolt posted a picture of himself holding the baton from the 4x100m relay and captioned it "Triple Treble".

After his 100m win last Sunday (August 14), he had said he will become "immortal" with 2 more golds and he has achieved it today.

"Somebody said I can become immortal. Two more medals to go and I can sign off. Immortal," he had said.

After from 9-gold Olympic collection, Bolt's cabinet is overflowing with World Championships medals as well. He has 11 golds from World Championships. He is also world record holder in 100m (9.58 seconds) and 200m (19.19 seconds).

In Olympic history, Bolt has the second most collection of golds after American swimmer Michael Phelps, who signed off from Rio de Janeiro with 23 yellow metals.

"Triple Treble"

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