Usain Bolt further assured his place in track and field history, winning gold in the 100 meters at the London Olympics in a time of 9.63 seconds Sunday night. Bolt’s time was an Olympic record. He has now run the three fastest times in the history of the 100-meter sprint.
“I said it on the track, people can talk, all they can do is talk. When it comes to championships I bring it,” said Bolt, 25, after the race according to BBC Sport.
Bolt and Carl Lewis are the only runners to win the 100 in consecutive Olympics. Lewis won in 1984 and ’88.
Jamaican Yohan Blake, 22, took silver with a time of 9.75 seconds. Blake had beat Bolt at Jamaica’s Olympic trials in June, raising questions about whether Bolt was ready to defend his gold medal.
“Trials woke me up,” Bolt said. “Yohan knocked on my door and said, ‘Usain, this is an Olympic year.’”
American Justin Gatlin, who had posted the fastest time in the semifinals, earned bronze in 9.79, edging countryman Tyson Gay by 0.01 of a second. American Ryan Bailey was fifth in 9.88 seconds.
“Bolt’s a very fast guy,” Gatlin said. “He’s true competitor, he’s a showman. …I’m just so glad to be a part of history.”
Seven of the eight participants in the race broke the 10-second mark. At the 2008 Games, only six sprinters in the final did. At the 2004 Games — where Gatlin took gold — five broke 10 seconds in the final.