Talk about an encore! Usain Bolt did what no other run has done without the aid of a disqualification. Bolt won the Men’s 100 metre race at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, setting an Olympic record with 9.63 time.
Bolt didn’t break the world record, like he did in Beijing 4 years ago, but he did win the gold medal, in what quite possibly is the strongest 100 metre field in Olympic history. Fellow Jamaican and best friend Yohan Blake took the silver with a time of 9.75. American Justin Gatlin took the bronze with a time of 9.79. In fact, all but one sprinter was under 10 seconds. The only runner who wasn’t Asafa Powell pulled up with an apparent injury, otherwise he would have been under 10 seconds as well.
Bolt was actually a question mark coming into the Olympics. He was disqualified at the 2011 World Athletics Championships in Daegeu, South Korea for a false start. Then at the Jamaican Olympic qualifications, Blake defeated Bolt, running a time of 9.75, exactly the same time Blake ran in London. Track and Field experts thought Bolt was injured, and there was plenty of talk that Bolt was having hamstring issues. Bolt didn’t deny those claims, saying he was 95% and that he would be ready for London.
Bolt did look good in the heats, advancing rather easily to the finals. Blake and Gatlin were also looking good in the heats and we’re going to pose a challenge. The wildcard was Powell, who has run the 100 under 10 seconds more than any sprinter ever. But Powell also had a habit of choking at the big events, failing to win a medal in the 100 metres in Beijing.
Bolt, on the other hand, lives for the big events. No one loves the bright lights more than Usain Bolt, and he showed it yet again in London. Despite getting off the blocks rather slowly, Bolt showed his power during the race, blowing past the competition, and winning comfortably. No one has been able to run with the sheer force and speed like Usain Bolt. It is a beautiful thing to watch.
Bolt’s Olympics aren’t over yet. He will try to repeat his gold medal performance in the 200 metres, something no one has ever done in the history of the Olympics. The 200 metre heats go on Tuesday, with the final scheduled for Wednesday. Bolt will wrap up his Olympics, joining Blake and Powell in the 4×100 metre relay, with those heats going on Friday, with the final set for Saturday.
Usain Bolt will go down as one of the best Olympians of all time. Whenever someone wins the marquee event of the Summer Olympics, that person becomes a legend. Usain Bolt has just doubled his legendary status.
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