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Bolt wins the Olympic men's 100 metres

posted 5 Aug 2012, 14:33 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 5 Aug 2012, 14:34 ]

Jamaican Usain Bolt retains his Olympic men's 100 metres title in a time of 9.63 seconds.

LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (AUGUST 5, 2012) (REUTERS PICTURES) - Usain Bolt retained his Olympic 100 metres title in spectacular style on Sunday (August 5) when the Jamaican scorched down the track in 9.63 seconds, the second-fastest time ever run.

Bolt's 9.58 seconds in winning the 2009 world championship title is the only quicker time and Sunday's brilliant display as he made up a massive early deficit proved he had completely recovered from the hamstring problems that had given a sliver of hope to his rivals.

World champion Yohan Blake made it a Jamaican 1-2 when he won silver in 9.75 seconds and 2004 champion Justin Gatlin of the United states grabbed bronze in 9.79 as the first seven all broke 10 seconds. Asafa Powell pulled up injured.

Bolt will now bid to complete an unprecedented double-double by retaining his 200 metres title and will also seek a sixth sprint gold in the 4x100metres relay.

Speaking to Reuters in June Bolt said his only aim was to retain his Olympic titles in London in order to create his legacy.

"It's very important, I'd say. I want to be a legend and that is what it takes," Bolt said in June. "It is very, very important and it is pretty much the elite, so I have to go out there and execute and do extremely well."

Compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce also retained her women's title to give Jamaica a flying start in their sprint showdown with the United States.

Results Table

1. Usain Bolt (Jamaica) 9.63 seconds OR

2. Yohan Blake (Jamaica) 9.75

3. Justin Gatlin (U.S.) 9.79

4. Tyson Gay (U.S.) 9.80

5. Ryan Bailey (U.S.) 9.88

6. Churandy Martina (Netherlands) 9.94

7. Richard Thompson (Trinidad and Tobago) 9.98

8. Asafa Powell (Jamaica) 11.99