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Usain Bolt gets third gold medal of Olympics as Jamaica sets world record in 4x100-meter relay

Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates his win in the

Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates his win in the men's 4x100-meter relay final during the 2012 Summer Olympics. (Aug. 11, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

LONDON - LONDON — Usain Bolt finally delivered what he had denied fans with his previous two victories at the London Games — a world record.

The crowds packing the main stadium on Saturday night erupted in wild cheers as Bolt took the baton from Yohan Blake and ran across the finish line to help Jamaica to victory in a record 36.84 seconds in the 4x100-meter relay. He added that gold to the ones he earned in the 100 and 200.

The United States got the silver in 37.04, matching the old record that Bolt helped set at last year's world championships. Trinidad & Tobago took the bronze in 38.12 after Canada, which was third across the line, was disqualified for running outside its lane.

Bolt's latest victory makes him the first person to win golds in the 100 and 200 meters and the 4x100-meter relay at consecutive Olympic games. But while he won all three with world-record times in Beijing, his victories in the two individual sprints in London were outside the world marks he set in 2009.

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