Bolt wraps up the three-pack three-peat


RIO de JANEIRO — After winning the eighth race of his Olympic career, Usain Bolt offered this trenchant observation:

“I don’t need to prove anything else,” he said after Thursday’s men’s 200-meter dash. “What else can I do to prove to the world I am the greatest?”

Nothing. Absolutely zero.

Nine-time gold medalist Usain Bolt // Getty Images

As Ashton Eaton, the decathlon champion said, and this goes for all who have had the privilege to bear witness to Bolt’s collection of astonishing turns on the track, said, “It has been an absolute pleasure to compete in the same era as Usain Bolt.”

Even the gods, of some sort, seemed to agree Friday night. A golden full moon lit up the sky over Olympic Stadium as Bolt, in what he has vowed will be his last Olympic competition, led the Jamaican men’s 4x100-meter relay team to victory, in 37.27 seconds.

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