Usain Bolt Wins Olympic 100 Meters in World Record
Time for Jamaica
By Dan Baynes
Aug. 16-- Usain Bolt won the Beijing Olympics 100 meters
gold medal in a world-record 9.69 seconds, waving to the crowd
and slapping his chest before crossing the finish 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
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
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.
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