Do not doubt Usain Bolt. Do not question his fitness. Do not say his training partner is better. If you do he will make you look foolish. I came into tonight’s final thinking we’d see a dethroning of the King at the London Olympic Stadium, with the Jamaican world record holder falling short of defending his 100 meters title. Wow, I was wrong.
In the Finals of the Men’s 100 meters sprint, Bolt affirmed his status as “The Fastest Man in the World,” with a blazing 9.63 second time that broke his own Olympic record from four years ago. Jamaican and 2011 World Champion Yohan Blake took silver and 2004 Olympic champion Justin Gatlin of the USA took bronze.
Bolt had given me reason to doubt with mounting injuries and losses. But Sunday night he shook off a hamstring injury, his loss in the Jamaican trials to his training partner Blake and the false start that cost him his world title in the 100 meters last year, and then ran a race that puts him in rarefied Olympic air. More »
Tom Burke of the United States won the 100 meters at the first modern Olympics in 1896. But his time of 12 seconds wouldn't win a high school state championship today. In fact, in the time it took Burke to finish, Bolt could run about 129 meters. Here's how far Bolt could run in the time it took other notable Olympic champions-- like Jesse Owens and Carl Lewis--to finish the 100.More »
Bolt comes into the 2012 Games as a heavy favorite to defend his 2008 gold medals. If he achieves the feat, that "would establish him as hands down the best Olympic sprinter of all time," says Ato Boldon, the 1997 world champion in the 200 meters and a four-time Olympic medalist. More »
On Friday the fastest men in water take to the pool at the Aquatics Centre for the finals of the 50m freestyle. In the semifinals, American champ Cullen Jones and world record holder Cesar Cielo finished in a dead heat with Anthony Irvin, the American gold medalist in the event at the 2000 Olympics, finishing just behind them.More »
Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian ever, just added another gold to his impressive resume. In a much anticipated 200m Individual Medley final showdown with Ryan Lochte at the Aquatics Centre, Phelps came out on top, with Lochte grabbing silver and Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh taking bronze.
For Phelps, this was his first individual gold medal of the London Games and a measure of revenge against Lochte who had taken the 400m IM title last Saturday. With the win, Phelps becomes the first swimmer to win an individual event in three straight Olympics. More »
Gabby Douglas continued American domination of the Olympic gymnastics Individual All-Around, winning gold at the North Greenwich Arena. Two Russians trailed her—Victoria Komova who took silver and Aliya Mustafina with the bronze. Team USA Captain, Aly Raisman, finished fourth.
This is the third straight Olympics that the U.S. has won gold in the Individual All-Around. Carly Patterson edged out Russia’s Svetlana Khorkina in 2004 in Athens and Nastia Liukin defeated her American teammate Shawn Johnson in Beijing in 2008.
Douglas led wire-to-wire, setting the top scores in the vault and the beam, as well as the third-best mark on the uneven bars and the fourth-best floor performance. More »