bill-swift - August 7, 2012
Prior to the Jamaican Olympic Trials there was no doubt in anyone's mind who the fastest man in the world was--the current world record holder in the 100 M Dash, Usain Bolt. Yes, fellow countryman and training partner Yohan Blake was the winner at the World Championships last year, but that was because Bolt had been disqualified.
After losing to Blake in the 100 M and 200M Jamaican Trials there were many who wondered if the Bolt was no longer the same electrifying sprinter that ran a 9.69 four years ago in Beijing.
As it turns out, the man is actually better than ever. Bolt overcame a slow start to set a new Olympic record by crossing the finish line in 9.63 seconds (world record is 9.58 seconds). Blake came in second (9.75 seconds), just a hair in front of Justin Gatlin (9.79). By winning the gold, he became just the second sprinter to ever defend his gold medal in the 100M dash.