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Aug. 5: Track and Field, Men's 100-Meter Final
There are great cases to be made for each of Usain Bolt's victories in London, but the 100-meter race carries more weight for some key reasons.
After losing to Yohan Blake in both the 100 and 200 at the Jamaican Olympic Trials, there was doubt about whether he would win either race in London. All those questions were put away when he won the 100. It was a moment that told us that he was, indeed, still the Usain Bolt we were used to.
He was a tentative favorite in the 100, but his victory in it made him the overwhelming favorite in the 200. In that race, he dominated all the way through to the point where he was able to slow down towards the end.
The 100-meter race was also much closer than the 200 was. Americans Tyson Gay and Justin Gatlin were in the hunt at the midway point, as was, of course, Blake. The 200, conversely, was over halfway through.
Adding to his iconic victory in the individual 100, Bolt delivered the 4x100 victory—and another world record—as the anchor for Jamaica. His team was dead even with the United States when Bolt and Ryan Bailey got the batons for the final leg, but Bolt, true to his name, shot into first place.
It was just another superhuman moment from Jamaica's superman.
Usain Bolt was a moment-maker, as expected, in London. He is the greatest sprinter of all time after his performances there.