Usain Bolt Wins Men's 100m Dash in Olympic Record Time
Jamaica's Usain Bolt was able to win his second consecutive Olympic gold medal in the 100-meter dash by beating out a star-studded field on Sunday in London with an Olympic-record time of 9.63 seconds.
Yohan Blake coasted in behind Bolt to win the silver, while American Justin Gatlin won the bronze for the U.S.
Yahoo! Sports' Pat Forde tweeted the final results:
Yohan Blake second, Justin Gatlin third. Olympic record time for Bolt, adjusted to 9.63.— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) August 5, 2012
One of the most iconic track and field events in Olympic competition boasted a formidable field made up of Bolt, his fellow countrymen Asafa Powell and Blake, Americans Gatlin, Tyson Gay and Ryan Bailey, the Netherlands' Churandy Martina, and Trinidad and Tobago's Richard Thompson.
Gatlin, who posted the fastest semifinal time of 9.82 seconds, beat out Churandy and Powell in the final qualifying heat to put himself in perfect position to steal the gold from the reigning 100-meter champion, but it was not his day.
Bolt crossed the line first in his semifinal run, breezing by Bailey and third-place finisher Thompson to establish some momentum heading into the final dash.
Earlier in the day, the 2008 gold medalist said, "I am feeling good, my legs are feeling good so I am happy. I am training well so I feel like I'm back," as quoted by the official London Olympics website.
Thompson finished a distant second to Bolt in Beijing and was able to take the silver medal home four years ago with a then-personal best of 9.89 seconds, but he couldn't produce a similar result in London.
Martina and Powell also both ran in the final sprint in 2008, but met disappointing fourth- and fifth-place finishes behind Bolt, Thompson and American Walter Dix.
Bolt was about even with the pack a bit more than 50 meters through the dash, but was able to pull ahead thanks to his ridiculously long strides.
He came to a stop with a smile on his face and gave us that signature pose that we have all come to know and love.
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