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Olympics Day 12 - Athletics

Bolt does it again! Wins Olympic sprint double

LONDON — Usain Bolt finally confirmed himself as a track and field legend after firing to gold in the men’s 200 metres dash at the London Olympic Games here tonight.

In fact, Bolt led fantastic night for Jamaica, which not only won gold, but the silver and bronze medal as well.

All three sprinters are coached by Jamaican sprint guru and former national coach, Glen Mills.

Bolt, feeling confident from day one at these Games, blasted from the blocks and kept going on his way to equalling the fourth fastest time off all-time, at 19.32 to secured his second successive Olympic sprint double.

It was clear that the 25-year-old had no interest in world record or Olympic record in the latter parts of the race, as he eased off the gas while looking at the clock.

For him, the victory was more important at these Games.

“It was hard for me, it was hard. I’m really dedicated to my work. I knew what London meant and I’m proud of myself,” he said.

“I did what I wanted. I came out of a rough season and I did what I had to do.

“It’s what I came here to do.”

He added:”I’m now a legend, I’m also the greatest athlete to live. I am in the same category as Michael Johnson. I’m honoured.

“It’s all about Michael for me. I grew up watching him break World records. He’s a great athlete.”

Yohan Blake, the 100m silver medallist behind Bolt on Sunday ran a seasonal best of 9.44secs for the silver medal and Warren Weir crossed the line at 19.84 for the bronze.

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1:40.91! – David Rudisha Sets 800m World Record In London

LONDON (Sporting Alert) — David Rudisha has set a new world record in the men’s 800 metros, following his winning performance at the London Olympic Games on Thursday.

Rudisha ran 1:40.91 to break his own world record on his way to striking the gold medal so many had predicted for him.

“I am very happy. This is the moment I’ve been waiting for for a very long time,” Rudisha said.

“To come here and break the world record is something unbelievable.

“I knew I was well prepared this year so I was just waiting on the perfect moment.”

The Kenyan, who flashed past the first 200m at 23 seconds, went by the first 400m a little over 49 seconds as he began to move away from the field.

With the world record in sight, Rudisha then ran 26.1 on his last half-lap to sealed the win and took a host of other fast timers with him.

Teenager Nijel Amos of Botswana was second in a new world junior record of 1:41.73, while another youngster Timothy Kitum of Kenya clocked a life-time best of 1:42.53 for the bronze.

Duane Solomon just missed the American record after running 1:42.82 fourth place to beat his fellow countryman Nick Symmonds, who also ran a personal best of 1:42.95.

Mohammed Aman set an Ethiopian record of 1:43.20 for sixth place.

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He’s A Legend: Bolt sets Olympic Record On His Way To Winning Gold

LONDON (Sporting Alert) – Usain Bolt promised that he would do something special and he certainly did not disappoint after the world record holder blasted to another dominant performance to win the Olympic 100m gold medal on Sunday night.

The world record holder set a new Olympic record and the second fastest 100m time ever at 9.63 seconds to win the gold medal and defended his title from Beijing.

Bolt’s training partner and world champion Yohan Blake made it a gold and silver performance outing for Jamaica after the Jamaican champion equalled his personal best of 9.75 for second place.

Athens 2004 Olympic gold medallist Justin Gatlin was third and he ran a new personal best of 9.79 seconds for the bronze.

Tyson Gay missed out at winning a medal after running 9.80 for third, but he said he gave it his best shot.

“I have no excuses,” the American said. “I gave it my best. I wanted to do it for my family, but I came up short.”

It was another disappointing outing for Asafa Powell, who finished last.

Bolt qualifies for Olympic 100m final

LONDON (Sporting Alert) — Usain Bolt strolled into the final of the men’s 100 metres dash on Sunday at the London Olympic Games after winning his semi-final heat very convincingly.

The defending champion and world record holder ran the opening half of the race before slowing down to a jog, while looking around as he crossed the finishing line in an impressive 9.87 seconds.

American Ryan Bailey, who ran 9.88secs in his heat on Saturday clocked 9.96secs for second place to join Bolt in the final.

The early showdown between world champion Yohan Blake and Tyson Gay ended with the Jamaican coming out on top – taking semi-finals three in 9.85secs, with the American finishing second in 9.90.

Both sprinters certainly still have room to go quicker in the final later on tonight.

Meanwhile, the fastest qualifier heading into the Olympic Games final was American champion Justin Gatlin, who took heat one in 9.82secs, crossing the line in front of the Netherlands Antilles’ Churandy Martina, who ran a national record of 9.91.

Former world record holder Asafa Powell was third in this semi-final, but he made it through as one of the fastest losers with his 9.94.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Richard Thompson, who won silver in Beijing four-years-ago, also made it through as one of the fastest losers with a time of 10.02.

Fraser-Pryce wins Olympic 100m again

LONDON (Sporting Alert) – Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce has retained her 100 metres Olympic Games title, following her brilliant run inside the Olympic Stadium on Saturday night.

The Jamaican, who rocketed from the blocks to destroy a strong field in Beijing in 2008, didn’t get the same blistering start in London, but showed speed endurance over the closing metres to win the gold medal in 10.75 seconds, beating American champion and world gold medallist Carmelita Jeter, who clocked 10.78 for the silver.

Jamaica finished with two medals in the event, as Veronica Campbell-Brown ran 10.81 for the bronze medal in a very fast race, which saw the top six athletes breaking the 11-seconds barrier.

Americans Tianna Madison (10.85) and Allyson Felix (10.89) and Trinidad and Tobago’s Kelly-Ann Baptiste (10.94) were also below 11 seconds.

It was also sweet joy for Britain athletes Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis and Greg Rutherford, who all won gold medals on the night as well.

Farah timed his run perfectly and then outsprinted his challenges in the final metres to win the men’s 10,000m in 27:30.42, beating his training partner, American Galen Rupp, who ran 27:30.90.

Rutherford had a leap of 8.31m to win the men’s Long Jump, while Ennis achieved a national record of 6955points to win the women’s heptathlon.