Knoxville, Tennessee–Justin Gatlin claimed his fifth Olympic medal and third medal in the 100m dash when he took second place in the final to earn a silver medal. He recorded a time of 9.89 in the final. He finished just short of Usain Bolt who recorded a time of 9.81 to win his third straight Olympic gold in the men’s 100m dash.
Previously, Gatlin claimed gold in the 100m dash at the 2004 Olympics in Athens and bronze at the 2012 London Games. Gatlin earned bronze in the 200m dash and silver as part of the 4x100m relay team at the Athens games. He is the first American to win three 100m Olympic medals of any kind. Gatlin’s silver medal brings Tennessee athletes’ Olympic medal count to 52. 16 of those Tennessee medals have been won by track and field athletes.
Gatlin won his semifinal heat earlier on Sunday night with a time of 9.94. That was the third highest mark during the semifinal round behind Jamaica’s Usain Bolt and Andre De Grasse of Canada.
Gatlin will return to action on Tuesday for the qualifying round of the 200m dash. He will also play a part on the 4x100m relay team alongside current Vol Christian Coleman. The qualifying for the relays begins on Thursday.