100, 200, and 4×100 Medals

Usain Bolt did it, winning the 100-200-4×100 triple gold medal for the 3rd consecutive Olympic Games (2008-16), an unprecedented triple. Winning medals in the 100, 200, and 4×100 is not that unusual, as it has now been done 25 times at the Olympics, by 22 athletes, but winning gold medals in all 3 events is.

Bolt is the only one to have won medals in all three events at 3 Olympics, much less gold medals. Renate Stecher (GDR) won medals in all sprint events in 1972 and 1976, the only other sprinter to do so more than once.

Eight athletes have won gold medals in all three events at one Olympics and they are mythic names. Here are the athletes who have achieved the sprint triple.

Name Gender NOC Year
Jesse Owens M USA 1936
Bobby Joe Morrow M USA 1956
Carl Lewis M USA 1984
Usain Bolt M JAM 2008
Usain Bolt M JAM 2012
Usain Bolt M JAM 2016
Fanny Blankers-Koen F NED 1948
Betty Cuthbert F AUS 1956
Wilma Rudolph F USA 1960
Florence Griffith-Joyner F USA 1988

In Rio, Tori Bowie pulled off an unusual feat, winning a gold-silver-bronze in the three sprint events, with gold in the relay, silver in the 100, and bronze in the 200. This has also been done before, however, now in fact 4 times, and 3 times by women. Here are the athletes to have hit for the cycle in the sprints:

Name Gender NOC Year
Justin Gatlin M USA 2004
Renate Stecher F GDR 1976
Carmelita Jeter F USA 2012
Tori Bowie F USA 2016

What about just winning medals in all three events at 1 Olympic Games? Here are the 25 times that has been done, by 11 men (13 occurrences), and 11 times by women (12 occurrences)

Name Gender NOC Year
Charley Paddock M USA 1920
Jesse Owens M USA 1936
Barney Ewell M USA 1948
Bobby Joe Morrow M USA 1956
Thane Baker M USA 1956
Valeriy Borzov M URS 1972
Carl Lewis M USA 1984
Justin Gatlin M USA 2004
Usain Bolt M JAM 2008
Usain Bolt M JAM 2012
Yohan Blake M JAM 2012
Usain Bolt M JAM 2016
André de Grasse M CAN 2016
Fanny Blankers-Koen F NED 1948
Betty Cuthbert F AUS 1956
Wilma Rudolph F USA 1960
Edith McGuire F USA 1964
Renate Stecher F GDR 1972
Renate Stecher F GDR 1976
Annegret Richter F FRG 1976
Florence Griffith Joyner F USA 1988
Veronica Campbell-Brown F JAM 2004
Carmelita Jeter F USA 2012
Shelly-Ann Fraser F JAM 2012
Tori Bowie F USA 2016

Note that this has been twice in the same year several times – by men in 1956 by Thane Baker and Bobby Joe Morrow, in 2012 by Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake, and among the women, in 1976 by Renate Stecher and Annegret Richter, and in 2012 by Carmelita Jeter and Shelly-Ann Fraser (-Pryce).

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