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Usain Bolt (AP photo)
Usain Bolt (AP photo)

Usain Bolt could tie the record for most golds by anyone not named Phelps



Usain Bolt knew he would win the 100-meter dash Sunday night.

Going for the 'triple-triple'

But he has his eyes on a bigger prize: the "triple-triple." In 2008 and 2012, Bolt won the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash and 4x100-meter relay. If he does it again, he will have nine Olympic gold medals.

Bolt would join four other athletes who have won the most gold medals by anyone not named Michael Phelps. The swimmer's 23 gold medals will likely remain untouched for some time.

Another reason the "triple-triple" would stand out: Bolt has never earned a silver or bronze medal. 

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Carl Lewis of the U.S., left, wins the men's 100-meter final, setting a new world record with a time of 9.86 seconds and breaking the record of teammate Leroy Burrell, right, who finished second, Aug. 25, 1991, at the World Track and Field Championships in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)

The Olympians with nine golds:

  • Larisa Latynia, Soviet Union gymnast (total medals: 18)
  • Paavo Nurmi, Finnish runner (12)
  • Mark Spitz, U.S. swimmer (12)
  • Carl Lewis, U.S. sprinter and long jumper (10, pictured, left)
Will Usain Bolt win the triple-triple?

If nothing else, Bolt will leave us with this winning smile as he took the lead.

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