Usain Bolt has won the 100m final in an Olympic record 9.63 seconds, the second fastest of all time after Bolt’s 9.58 at the 2009 World Championships. Countryman Yohan Blake took Silver and American Justin Gatlin wins the Bronze.
The three men ran under 9.8 seconds – the first time that’s happened. Another first – seven men ran under 10 seconds. Amazing.
From the always great Score Ticker:
7 of the 8 sprinters in the 100m final would have won gold at the 1984 Olympics.
— theScoreTicker (@theScoreTicker) August 5, 2012
The 100m dash is the climax of the Summer Olympics – why they aren’t staged on the last Sunday boggles my mind. Two million people applied for tickets in hopes of seeing a 10 second race. The sprinters are showmen, each with their own signature pose when the announcers introduce them to the crowd. Not only is he really damn fast, Usain Bolt looks like he’s legitimately having fun each time he races. Luckily we will get to see more before these games are over. To the 200m!