On this day in 2008: Usain Bolt wins his first Olympic gold medal

Usain Bolt ran to a first Olympic gold medal in the 100 meters on August 16, 2008 in Beijing.

The then 21-year-old Jamaican already held the world record but dropped the mark to 9.69 seconds, breaking away from his rivals and celebrating before crossing the finish line.

An expected bout with fellow countryman Asafa Powell did not materialize, with Powell missing out on a medal overall as Richard Thompson of Trinidad and Tobago finished second and American Walter Dix took bronze.

Usain Bolt dominated the 100m final (Andrew Milligan/PA)

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Bolt said afterwards: “My only goal was to become a champion. That’s why I came here. I told you I’d be number one and that’s exactly what I did.

“I had a great start. I had good starts until the final. I got better and better. It was crazy – phenomenal.”

Bolt won gold in his favorite 200m and 4x100m relay – a feat he repeated in unprecedented fashion at the 2012 and 2016 games, although he was subsequently stripped of the relay medal in Beijing after teammate Nesta Carter tested positive for a suspension substance had been tested.

Usain Bolt kisses his gold boot after the race (Andrew Milligan/PA)

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He continues to hold the world records in the 200m and 100m, which he broke to 9.58 seconds in 2009.

Bolt retired after the 2017 IAAF World Championships but made a short-lived attempt at becoming a professional footballer the following year.

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