Posted by: Joe English | August 17, 2008

Olympics: Bolt wins 100M in new World Record in Beijing

BEIJING (Reuters) – Jamaica’s Usain Bolt scorched to Olympic 100M gold on Saturday, opening his arms wide in celebration 20 metres from the line, yet still clocking a new world record 9.69 seconds.

The 21-year-old claimed his country’s first Olympic title in this marquis event and capped an astonishing rise to the top of his sport. His former world record was 9.72 seconds, which he set just a few months ago in New York.

Richard Thompson of Trinidad and Tobago took the silver in 9.89 and American Walter Dix the bronze in 9.91.

To view the race in a video provided by the Associated Press, click the play icon in the video window below.

Bolt’s time would have been even better if he had not looked around and pumped his arms with victory assured 20 metres from the line.

“I wasn’t bragging,” said Bolt after being mobbed by Jamaicans in the stands. “When I saw I wasn’t covered, I was just happy. I was always the fastest. I told you all I was going to be number one and I did just that.

“I wasn’t really worried about racing fast. My only aim was to be a champion.”

It was the first time the men’s 100M world record had been broken in the Olympic final since Canadian Donovan Bailey in 1996.

Jamaican Asafa Powell, whose world mark Bolt bettered in May, finished fifth.

Tyson Gay, the American 200M specialist who had run the world’s fastest time under any conditions at the US Olympic Trials was eliminated in the preliminaries and thus did not compete in the Olympic final. His time of 9.68 is still the fastest time in the world under all conditions, but does not count as a world record, because of the slight tail-wind blowing when it was run.

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