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