Once track and field got under way on Friday August 3, fans were waiting for arguably the biggest Olympic star to take the stage in Usain Bolt. The wait was not long as he started competing in the first round of the 100 meters on Saturday. Bolt went on to win the 100 meters finals on Sunday with an Olympic record 9.63.
He made history again winning the men’s 200 meters on Thursday in 19.32 seconds – with Jamaica going 1 – 2 – 3. Bolt took gold, Yohan Black took silver, and Warren Weir took the bronze. Bolt was the first sprinter to win back-to-back sprint doubles.
In the 100 meters, the United States’ Justin Gatlin took the bronze at 9.79 which would have given him gold in any Olympics which did not have Bolt in the field. However Bolt wass not done after reconfirming his title as “World’s Fastest Man”. His focus turned to his favorite event: the 200 meters and gave Jamaica three more medals.
Fellow Jamaican, Blake, had the best chance to beat Bolt in the 200 meters. Blake has had a better season best then Bolt by three one hundredths of a second.
Following the 200 meters the Blake and Bolt will put the past results behind them as they join two other country men to defend their 4x 100m Relay gold. Jamaica has set the world record in the 2008 Olympics before besting it in the 2011 World Championships. When half of the team is Blake and Bolt I would not be surprised to see them lower that number again but we will have to wait and see.
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