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Usain Bolt clinches third Olympic gold in men's relay

Usain Bolt is leaving the Olympic Stadium triumphant as Jamaica wins the men's 4x100-meter relay
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(L-R) Dwain Chambers of Great Britain, Usain Bolt of Jamaica and Bingtian Su of China compete in the Men's 100m Semi Final on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games. (Streeter Lecka/AFP/Getty Images)

Usain Bolt, the world's fastest man, has his third gold medal, after anchoring the Jamaican team's gold medal finish 4x100-meter relay final.

The Jamaican team finished the relay in 36.84 seconds, beating the world record of 37.04, which was set by the Jamaican team that ran at the 2011 World Championships.

"We've got guys that have been running good and we've got Usain Bolt, who's going to run a fast time," Jamaican teammate Yohan Blake said to the Associate Press of the race. "It's going to be interesting."

The Americans were definite contenders: the team ran their fourth-fastest time in history during the semi-final on Friday night, though Jamaica was only a hundredth of a second slower than the US, and this was with Bolt on the sidelines. They finished in second place in the final at 37.04. 

Trinidad and Tobago came third at 38.12 seconds, according to the Olympics website

According to the AP, the Jamaicans have topped every men's sprint in the last two Olympics-- Bolt has won five gold medals, and has set three world records. Today, he's trying to make it six for six. 

Bolt hasn’t set a record in London thus far but he has become the first man to repeat-win at the Olympics in both the 100 and 200.

"It's what I wanted and I got it," he said of the double double. "I'm very proud of myself. I've had a rough season but we've been working hard all season, pushed each other hard all season and we're very happy."

This may be Olympic spectators' last chance to see Bolt, who fought a sore back and hamstring injuries to make Olympic history by besting both the 100- and 200-meter races, Sports Illustrated reported.

"It now looms possible that it will be Bolt's final Olympic race, a signpost in the history of the sport, a brief moment worth witnessing and holding," wrote SI.com's Tim Layden of tonight's race, which is set to kick off around 9 p.m. London Time (4 p.m. EST).  

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