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Social media reacts to special night in track and field

Athletics - Olympics: Day 9

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 14: Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates winning the Men’s 100 meter final on Day 9 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 14, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

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Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt is one of the most successful (and popular) athletes in the world, and Sunday night he became the first athlete to take gold in the 100 meters in three consecutive Olympic Games. Of course there’s still more work for Bolt to do in Rio, as he still has the 200 meters and 4x100 relay races on his schedule, which offers up more opportunities to add to his resume.

But he wasn’t the only track athlete to make a major impression Sunday night. South Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk won the 400 meters, and in doing so broke both the Olympic and world records. Bolt made sure to congratulate van Niekerk, who’s coached by a 74-year old great-grandmother of four, after winning the 100.

Throughout the night there was no shortage of reactions to van Niekerk and Bolt on Twitter, including a tweet fired off by Bolt himself (or someone in charge of his Twitter account). Michael Johnson, whose world record fell in the 400, offered his congratulations to van Niekerk.

Lastly, how about a race including both van Niekerk and Bolt in the near future?