Sunday, August 17, 2008

Usain Bolt : The fastest man on earth

IT WAS something about true Olympic spirit when 100 metre race was concluded in Beijing, something about fast, faster and fastest at the track when Usain Bolt of Jamaica kept on being the fastest man on earth with a new world record in 100 metre race. He won the Men’s 100metre gold medal at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, with bettering his own world record of 9.72 seconds and setting new heights at 9.69 seconds. Silver medalist Richard Thompson of Trinidad and Tobago ran a time of 9.89 seconds, leaving American Walter Dix to take the bronze in a time of 9.91 seconds. The Olympic record stood at 9.84 seconds, set by Donovan Bailey at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.

Hot favourite Asafa Powell, favourite in Athens 2004 and last year’s world champion, failed to live up to the expectation both the times, and again cracked under the pressure, finishing fifth and 0.26 seconds behind his arch-rival Bolt.

world champion, Tyson Gay failed to qualify after running a time of 10.05 seconds in the semifinals. Gay was America’s best chance for gold.

The gold medalist, who started celebrations by raising his arms before the finish line, explained his early celebration, "As soon as I saw I had covered the field and I knew I would win, I was very happy and I started to celebrate."

Final results of the Olympic Men’s 100metre:

1. Usain Bolt – Jamaica 9.69 seconds, world record
2. Richard Thompson - Trinidad/Tobago 9.89 seconds PB
3. Walter Dix -America 9.91 seconds PB
4. Churandy Martina - Netherlands Antilles 9.93 seconds NR
5. Asafa Powell – Jamaica 9.95 seconds
6. Michael Frater – Jamaica 9.97 seconds PB
7. Marc Burns - Trinidad/Tobago 10.01 seconds
8. Darvis Patton - America 10.03 seconds

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