Usain Bolt: I'll join the ranks of the immortal if I complete "triple triple" of Olympic sprint golds at Rio

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Bolt successfully defended his 100m title on Monday morning (Source: Getty)

Usain Bolt says he will join the ranks of the “immortal” if he follows the defence of his 100m crown with further gold medals in the 200m and 4 x 100m this week at the Rio Olympics.

Bolt held off American Justin Gatlin and Canada’s Andre de Grasse to clinch the first leg of his quest for the “triple triple” – an unprecedented third consecutive hat-trick of Olympic sprint titles – in the early hours of Monday morning.

He can add the 200m on Friday, with the relay final to follow 24 hours later.

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“Somebody said if I win these three gold medals I would be immortal and I kind of liked it. So I’m going to run with that one,” he said.

“I came here to achieve three gold medals. I came to prove I’m one of the greats. It was important to get it done – three times is magnificent.”

Bolt believes he could surpass his own world record of 19.19 seconds in the 200m, where he will face Gatlin again.

The Jamaican added: “I’m excited about what’s about to happen for the rest of the Olympics. I really want the 200m world record.”

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