Usain Bolt celebrated ninth Olympic gold by throwing Javelin 56 metres

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As if it were in any doubt, Usain Bolt cemented his legacy as the greatest sprinter of all time last night after victory in the 4x100m relay saw him win his ninth Olympic gold medal.

As it turns out, though, that wasn't the last sport the Jamaican took part in in Rio's Olympic Stadium on Friday evening.

According to multiple reports, Bolt, after celebrating with teammates and talking to the media about his historic triple-triple medal haul, decided to turn his hand to javelin - and the results weren't half bad.


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The 29-year-old isn't one to stick to convention so perhaps it shouldn't be too surprising to hear that, rather than taking to the Rio streets to celebrate his medal, he was back out in a darkened Olympic Stadium throwing javelins in front of a bunch of volunteers.

Per the Associated Press.

"Bolt took a couple throws of the javelin, the last one going about 50 meters.

"He posed for some pictures afterward, the javelin — which he requested a formal measurement of — still stuck in the Olympic Stadium turf."

According to American reporter Tim Reynolds, the official measurement came in at 56 metres.

That would have been enough to put Bolt sixth in the javelin event at Jamaica's most recent national championships, and also place him higher than one of Rio 2016's decathletes in the discipline.

He would still lie some way off if he were to compete in the upcoming men's javelin final, however, with competitors throwing upwards of 80-90 metres.

Nevertheless, it isn't a bad effort from a man more used to sprinting around the track than the field events.

All in all, Rio has been another incredible games for Bolt and, having all but confirmed he won't compete in Toyko in 2020, winning gold in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay is a fitting way to end his Olympic career.

Few would have put money on javelin being the last discipline he took part in at an Olympic venue, however.

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