Usain Bolt

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Usain Bolt joins the immortals just as the cracks begin to appear

Athletics - Men's 4 x 100m Relay Final

Thesauruses exhausted, all superlatives spent, the world’s press turned to the man himself to ask for help. “Usain,” the question came, “at London 2012, you spoke a lot about how you wanted to become a legend. But what should we call you now?” Bolt paused, thought on it for a while. “Well,” he said, “someone said at a press conference last year that if I win these three gold medals, I will be immortal. And I kind of liked it. So I’m going to run with that: immortal.”

Usain Bolt's dominant victory in Rio 200m final makes it eight Olympic gold

Athletics - Men's 200m Final

Moments after Usain Bolt had clinched his eighth Olympic title with much the same ease as his other seven, he smiled serenely into the cameras and hollered: “Number one!” Once again, he had proven that he was the greatest sprinter in history. But, perhaps for the first time, there was something else: a sense that as he approaches his 30th birthday on Sunday, he is not quite able to hit the very highest notes as he once did.

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