Jamaica’s Usain Bolt wins the 100m at London 2012 in 9.63 seconds, a new Olympic record.
Bolt, 25, the Jamaican world record holder and defending Olympic champion, exploded down the track and won the gold medal in the 100 meters in a blazing time of 9.63 seconds — the second-fastest time in history.
His Jamaican team mate Yohan Blake finished second in 9.75 seconds and former world record holder and Olympic champion, Justin Gatlin finished with the bronze medal with a time of 9.79 seconds.
This race was also noted as the first time in history that the four fastest men in 100m history all featured, furthermore, 7 of the 8 men ran under 10 seconds, again a first in the 100 meters, with only Asafa Powell (11.99) failing this, due to an injury he sustained 60 meters into the race.
Bolt’s mark broke his Olympic record set in Beijing — 9.69 — and was just .05 seconds off the world record of 9.58 he set at the 2009 world championships.
“It means I’m one step closer to being a legend,” Bolt said. “That’s just one step. I have the 200 (meters) to go, so I’m looking forward to that. The 100 is just one step in the door.”
He also praised the crowd inside the 80,000-capacity Olympic Stadium.
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Records of Fastest 100m:
- 9.58secs Usain Bolt in Berlin 16 Aug 2009
- 9.63secs Usain Bolt in London 5 Aug 2012
- 9.69secs Usain Bolt in Beijing 16 Aug 2008
- 9.69secs Tyson Gay in Shanghai 20 Sept 2009
- 9.71secs Tyson Gay in Berlin 16 Aug 2009
London 2012 Olympic Men’s 100m Final Results