Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt successfully defended his crown as the fastest 100-meter sprinter in the world, winning the gold medal in 9.63 seconds on Aug. 5 at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Bolt’s time set a new Olympic record, beating out fellow Jamaican Yohan Blake who took silver with a time 9.75 seconds. African-American sprinter Justin Gatlin won the bronze with a third place finish of 9.79 seconds.
Bolt is only the second male, after U.S. sprinter Carl Lewis, to win one of the marquee track events in back-to-back Olympics Games. His time of 9.63 didn’t top his world record time of 9.58 ran in the 2009 World Championships, but he was able to top his gold medal time of 9.69 ran during the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
The Jamaican sprinter celebrated by taking a victory lap half-way around the track, posing and pointing his fingers to the crowd as he’s become famous for doing after each race won.
“I was happy… People can talk. I tell you people it’s all about business for me, and I brought it,” Bolt said after the race. “When it comes down to business, I know what to do. The crowd were wonderful. I could feel that energy. I feel extremely good and happy.”
American sprinter Tyson Gay, one of only three sprinters in the world to have beaten Bolt in the 100-meter dash, finished in fourth place at 9.80. It was a personal best time of 2012, but not fast enough to place in this race.
“It a 9.7 to even get a medal. It’s mind blowing,” Gay said to reporters . “I gave it my best. I came up short. I tried, man, it was the best I could do.”