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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. 

    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.