Usain Bolt sets new Olympics record as he wins Olympics gold
Bolt, 25, the Jamaican world record holder and defending Olympic champion, exploded down the track at London’sOlympic Stadium and won the gold medal Sunday night in a blazing time of 9.63. It broke his Olympic record set in Beijing — 9.69 — and was just .05 off the world record of 9.58 he set in 2009.
During introductions, Bolt made a series of hand gestures, then smiled.
Much had been made about the possibility of bad weather preventing fast times on the Olympic Stadium track.
But on Sunday night, just before 10 p.m. London time, when the fastest men in the world lined up to see who is fastest, the weather was perfect.
Yohan Blake, Bolt’s training partner and world champion from last year, was second in 9.75 seconds.
Team USA’s Justin Gatlin, the 2004 Olympic champion who served a four-year doping suspension ending in 2010, earned the bronze with a time of 9.79.
Tyson Gay of the USA was fourth (9.80) and Ryan Bailey of the USA was fifth (9.88).
Gay, 29, who was battling injuries in 2008 and didn’t make the final, was in tears in the mixed zone after the race.
“I don’t think I could go back and do nothing else,” Gay said, choking up. “I feel like I ran with the field. I just came up short. That’s all I did.
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