Star Jamaican athlete Usain Bolt wrote his name in the history books, winning his third consecutive Olympic title in the men’s 100 metre event at the Rio Games here. The multiple Olympic champion powered to victory in 9.81 seconds on Sunday. It was however, one of the tightest races that Bolt has run during his legendary career.

American star Justin Gatlin — Bolt’s biggest rival in the competition — was the leader until the closing stages before the Jamaican started to pull away, and had to settle for the silver with an impressive 9.84 seconds. Andre de Grasse of Canada took bronze with a time of 9.91 seconds.

Sunday’s result saw Bolt win his third successive Olympic gold in the iconic men’s 100m event following his triumphs at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2012 Games in London. It also cemented his status as one of the greatest sportsmen the world has ever seen. This is also the first step towards Bolt’s target of repeating his 100m, 200m and 4x100m victories at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Games.

Usain Bolt is in the Village for close to a week now and as his competition date nears, world’s fastest man is gunning for not one, not two but all three medals at Rio 2016 Olympics. Bolt checked into the Village on July 3 and the star athlete has maintained a low profile ever since his arrival. The Jamaican athlete gave the opening ceremony a miss and is focussed on defending his 100m, 200m and 4x100m titles he clinched at Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Games.

Village-bound for the “longest duration”, Bolt can’t wait to get on the track and run and compete. “I just can’t wait to run. It’s been boring just sitting around training all the time. I just want to run. I think it’s the longest I have been in a village as normally we get in four days before or five days before but been here a week now. I’m just excited to run. I just want to go there and compete and I’m looking forward to it,” Bolt said in an interview to CNN.