This Jamaican Hashtag May Have Been the Best Part

Usain Bolt in Olympic semifinals (Twitter)Usain Bolt won gold in the men’s 100-meter Olympic race Sunday night, his third straight win for the event. The track and field star made history for being the first to ever do so. Afterward, his victory inspired several memes in celebration of his gold medal.According to ESPN, Bolt took off in .155 seconds, a typically slow start for the 29-year-old. It didn’t matter, though, because the gold medalist finished in 9.81 seconds, gaining the lead over initial front-runner American Justin Gatlin. He finished just 0.08 behind the Jamaican at 9.89 seconds.Bolt was not worried about his distant start, calling the race “brilliant.”“I didn’t go so fast, but I’m so happy I won,” he told the sports outlet. “I told you guys I was going to do it.”After attendees chanted “Bolt, Bolt, Bolt” at the Rio De Janerio, Brazil facility, the #Jamaican hashtag sprung up on Twitter, hilariously putting Bolt at the center of pride for the country.A user by the name Luke Cripwalker used the now-famous semi-finals photo to describe himself running away from deadlines, responsibilities and sleep.pic.twitter.com/J5FauqFglp— Luke Cripwalker (@sporker_) August 15, 2016Ashley C. Ford typed a possible thought Bolt had as he took the lead.”Had you shook with that slow start, didn’t I?” pic.twitter.com/5EX6TG2vWk— Ashley C. Ford (@iSmashFizzle) August 15, [email protected] tweeted a photo covered in Jamaican flags to celebrate the nation’s feelings on the big win.SHMOOD pic.twitter.com/f3kuk6LOz6— regina adizua (@reginaapaigee) August 15, 2016And used a scene from “The Wolf of Wall Street” to drive the point home.Jamaican twitter tonight: pic.twitter.com/u908sHpZJo— regina adizua (@reginaapaigee) August 15, [email protected] tweeted a photo throwing shade to non-Jamaican Caribbeans, using silver medalist Gatlin’s photo.How it feels to be West Indian but not Jamaican pic.twitter.com/HmdQ7tpfsu— Neauxlita Nopington (@FireinFreetown) August 15, 2016They also used Bolt’s semifinals image to demonstrate “racing to conclusions.”Me racing to conclusions pic.twitter.com/AdKKDXrx5W— Neauxlita Nopington (@FireinFreetown) August 15, [email protected] shared his Jamaican fiancé’s reaction to NBC reporter Bob Costas’ claim that Bolt is more famous than Bob Marley.My Jamaican fiancée when Bob Costas said that Usain is more famous than Bob Marley pic.twitter.com/73H2I49Ukb— baeyard rustin (@dante2534) August 15, [email protected] tweeted two photos showing national pride.Jamaicans be like : “by the way I’m Jamaican” pic.twitter.com/uthk64Mm7g— ladykilla96 (@Namastaywoke) August 15, 2016 “How yuh know ima Jamaican?” pic.twitter.com/OP3PGvQ6BF— ladykilla96 (@Namastaywoke) August 15, [email protected] proclaimed himself Jamaican that night.Gotdamnit I’m Jamaican tonight. ?— Capt. Jake Ballard (@kidnoble) August 15, [email protected] posted a clip of what many Jamaicans did to celebrate Bolt’s win.Every Jamaican after bolt won the 100m https://t.co/I3fLxwPuU0— top⚡gun (@Kelroydaily) August 15, 2016It made Christine Sydelko emotional.The olympics make me so emotional like why am I crying at the Jamaican national anthem— Christine Sydelko (@csydelko) August 15, 2016Bolt will qualify for his favorite race, the men’s 200 meter, tomorrow and the men’s 4 x 100 is on Friday.As the second-oldest 100-meter champion in Olympic history behind Linford Christie, the athlete said this will be his last Games.“Somebody said I can become immortal,” Bolt told ESPN. “Two more medals to go and I can sign off. Immortal.”

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