Usain Bolt’s Classic Mid-Race Grin Becomes Instant Meme

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Move over Michael Phelps.

Usain Bolt, the happy-go-lucky world champion runner who couldn't help giving his rivals a mid-race grin as he sprinted toward the finish line ahead of the pack during the 100-meter dash semifinals Sunday night, is the latest stuff of memes. 

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One Twitter user imagined the Jamaican track superstar saying, "Had you shook with that slow start, didn't I?" Another said it illustrated the feeling "when you write a provocative tweet and then sign off." 

Ellen DeGeneres tweeted a photo of herself being piggy-backed by Bolt with the caption: "This is how I'm running errands from now on. #Rio2016"

Bolt went on to win gold in the 100-meter for the third straight time in the Olympics on Sunday. He competes in the 200-meter event beginning Tuesday.

It's the latest meme to join the ranks of #PhelpsFace, born of the epic swimmer's game face in Rio, and, from London 2012, McKayla Maroney not being impressed.

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