Usain Bolt ended his Olympic career by claiming an unprecedented ‘triple triple’ and his ninth gold as Jamaica won the 4x100m relay final in Rio.
Bolt, 29, had won the 100m and 200m in Rio and is the only man to win all three sprint events at three Matches.
He combined with Asafa Powell, Yohan Blake and Nickel Ashmeade to end in 37.27 seconds.
Japan won a surprise silver and the USA were disqualified to hand bronze to Canada and lift up Britain to fifth.
“There you go, i am greatest” said Bolt, after bringing an end to one of the most amazing Olympic professions of all time.
In February, Bolt affirmed he’d retire after the 2017 World Championships in London and WOn’t compete at Tokyo 2020, at which point he will be almost 34.
His haul of nine gold medals is the joint identical with USA sprinter and long jumper Carl Lewis, highest among Olympic sport and Finnish long-distance runner Paavo Nurmi.
“I’m going to stay up late and have fun. I never knew this would happen when I started out,” Bolt told BBC Sport.
“My team came through for me tonight. As long as we got the baton round, it was never in doubt.”
Blake made an attempt to persuade 100m and 200m world-record holder Bolt to continue for another four years, saying: “Usain needs to be immortal and he is immortal. I will encourage him to come back for 2020.”