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Anchor leg: Bolt gets gold No. 9 with another runaway win

Usain Bolt kneeled down and gave the track one final kiss, then flattened his hand, reached to the ground and slapped the white number "3'' painted at the finish line.

Three Olympics, three races at each, three gold medals every time.

He could have just as easily slapped the number "1." That would need no explanation.

The man who transcended track and became a world-class celebrity bid a blazing-fast farewell to the Rio de Janeiro Games — and, he insists, the Olympics altogether — Friday night with yet another anchor leg for the ages. He turned a close 4x100 relay race against Japan and the United States into a typical, Bolt-like runaway,...

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