Without Bolt, the final week of the last three Olympics would have been an endless loop of beach volleyball and hoops.
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Wearing a white top and black shoes – nothing flashy – Usain Bolt took off out of lane 4 for the men's 100 meters.The Beijing Olympics were still two months away, and Bolt was still wondering which race he would add to his specialty, the 200 meters. Bolt wadded up that stereotype.Without Bolt, the final week of the last three Olympics would have been an endless loop of beach volleyball and hoops and wishing Michael Phelps or America's latest gold-medal gymnast competed in those events, too.Justin Gatlin should have beaten him in the 100 but started leaning into the finish line too soon and Bolt persevered by one-hundredth of one second. In doing so, Bolt checked the box that anyone seeking to be called "The Greatest" must check at least once: Gritting one out when you're not at your best.Feeling he was the faster man, Gatlin said he had something in store for Bolt in the 200, a few nights later.
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