Lightning Bolt edges Blake and Gay to steal gold at London Olympics
Usain Bolt silenced critics last night with an emphatic victory in the men’s 100 meters sprint final ,taking gold in a star-studded line-up, which included training partner Johan Blake and Americans Justin Gatlin and Tyson Gay.
Bolt cloked a new Olympic record time of 9.63 seconds, silver was awarded to training partner Yohan Blake (9.75 seconds) and bronze went to American Justin Gatlin, who served a four-year suspension for doping. Tyson Gay, a favourite for the event, finished outside the medal positions, as did veteran Asafa Powell, who pulled up after 50 meters with injury.
Going into the race, Bolt’s form had dipped, some insiders claim because of niggling injury, whereas others claimed it was a psychosomatic effect of being beaten in trial events by fellow countryman and protégé Yohan Blake. Because of these factors, the hype of the 100 metres showdown was exacerbated even further.
In a post-race interview Bolt was asked of such worries and as expected, he retorted confidently, putting any doubt at rest. “It wasn’t the best reaction start in the world but I executed it and that was the key,” answered Bolt.
“My coach said ‘stop worrying about the start because the best part of your race is the end’. It worked. I said it on the track. People can talk, but when it comes to championships it is all about business for me and I brought it. It was wonderful. I knew the crowd would be like this. I can feel that energy.”
Usain Bolt will look to add to his tally with the upcoming 200 metres final and the 4×100 metres relay, this time with few doubting his capability.
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