London Olympics will be remembered for the great 100-meter race that paralyzed the entire world for less than ten seconds. Seven athletes achieved the finish line within less that ten second, on a wonderful night of athletics at the Stratford stadium.
Usain Bolt is since last night, August 5, on every front page throughout the world. The reason is that the Jamaican has won his second consecutive Olympic title in 100 meters with the second best record in the history (9.63), just five hundredths of his world record.
Bolt has become the second athlete (after Carl Lewis in 1984 and 88) who doubles the title win at 100 meters, something that Jesse Owens was unable to undertake.
Only Asafa Powell injured mid-career, reached over the goal of 11 seconds. Yohan Blake (9.75), Justin Gatlin (9.79) and Ryan Bailey (9.88) achieved personal bests and Tyson Gay (9.80), his best mark of the season. Therefore, silver went to Bolt’s countryman Yohan Blake, and the bronze went to Gatlin, who saved the honor for american fans.
Churandy Martina (9.94) and Richard Thompson (9.98) also completed a dream career by doing the 100 meters in less than 10 seconds.
The 9.63 record man, Usain Bolt was specially happy for this victory after having to listen to a lot of criticism in the past two years: “Means a lot, because a lot of people were doubting me. A lot of people were saying I wasn’t going to win, I didn’t look good. There was a lot of talk,” Bolt said. “It’s an even greater feeling to come out here and defend my title and show the world I’m still No. 1.”
Next challenge for Bolt will be the 200 meters race, where he will have another chance at making history.