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Jamaica's Bolt Wins Olympic 100 Meters in World Record Time

By Dan Baynes

Aug. 16 (Bloomberg) -- Usain Bolt won the Beijing Olympics 100 meters gold medal in a world-record 9.69 seconds, gesturing to the crowd and slapping his chest before crossing the line.

Bolt, a 200-meter specialist nicknamed "Lightning,'' finished 0.2 second ahead of Trinidad's Richard Thompson at the Bird's Nest stadium. Walter Dix of the U.S. took bronze in 9.91. Fellow Jamaican Asafa Powell was fifth, while Tyson Gay of the U.S. failed to qualify for the final of track's premier event.

The 21-year-old Bolt, who only took up the 100 meters as "speed work'' to prepare for his favored 200 meters, became the first Jamaican and second athlete from the Caribbean to win the 100-meter dash after Trinidad's Hasely Crawford in 1976.

Today's final had been billed as a showdown between the three fastest men in history.

Bolt held the previous world record of 9.72, having lowered Powell's mark of 9.74 in May. World champion Gay set a U.S.-best 9.77 at the U.S. trials, yet ran 10.05 in today's second semifinal and was edged out for fourth place by teammate Darvis Patton. Only the top four advanced.

The 6-foot-5 Bolt is the favorite to win the 200 meters gold medal in Beijing. Gay, the world champion at that distance, failed to qualify after straining his hamstring in a heat at last month's U.S. trials.

To contact the reporter on this story: Dan Baynes in Beijing at dbaynes@bloomberg.net

Source: www.bloomberg.com

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Comments (8)

 

Anonymous:
Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2008 8:37 PM

Usain needs to go back to whatever planet he came from to compete with his Alien friends...no competition is here on earth



anaconda:
Posted by anaconda | August 16, 2008 9:14 PM

BOLT A DI BIGMAN IN THE BUISNESS>>>>>>>>>>BOLT TO THE WORLD GOD BLESS AND BEST OF LUCK IN THE @))M >>>



toni:
Posted by toni | August 16, 2008 10:24 PM

Usain was just amazing..... Asfa and Frater we still love u and good try.... Jamaica to the flipping world... where are the haters now who never have nothing good to say about us.... Speak up now punks!



Posted by ziggie bless aka JUNCSION. | August 16, 2008 11:12 PM

BIG UP to usain bolt,jamaica stand TALL,,,,ziggie bless aka juncsion.



BADGAL:
Posted by BADGAL | August 17, 2008 12:08 AM

USAIN THANK YOU BABY, ASAFA WE NEVA NOTING FROM U BOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLTTTTTTTTT, 222222222222222222 DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDI FUKINNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN WORLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLDDDDDDDDDDDD,



Posted by RICK NYCE1 | August 17, 2008 6:27 PM

THE MAN IS ONLY 21 SO HE IS STILL A KID, CONGRATS BOSS BUT MI WISH U DIDNT PULL UP AND RUN A 9.5



machine01:
Posted by machine01 | August 18, 2008 7:59 AM

well dun bolt,also asafa and frater,uno represent straight



Albert Robinson:
Posted by Albert Robinson | August 19, 2008 11:40 AM

No other Country in the world has so many people from different back grounds, African Kings,Queens and warriors like Jamaica.

Gods bless Usain, you were running from poverty.



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