By Henry D Gombya in London
Jamaica’s Usain Bolt has once again proved beyond any doubt that he still remains the world’s fastest man when he easily retained his Olympic 100m championship at the Olympic Stadium in East London last night.
Coming to the London 2012 Olympics admitting he was just about 95 per cent fit, the Jamaican swept away all doubts people had raised that he would lose his championship to his countryman Yohan Blake who had beaten him twice during trials in Kingston this year before coming to the Olympics. As it turned out, Blake came second as Bolt posted a new Olympic record of 9.63 secs while Blake did 9.76 secs.
Time seemed to stop momentarily in the stadium as Bolt seemed to be held into his blocks as his challengers seemed to fly off them. But in a flash he sped off passing his challengers as he headed for his second Olympic gold medal. About the hesitation in the blocks the Jamaican super star said: “I was slightly worried about my start. It was not the best reaction in the world, but I stopped worrying about it and executed it and it worked.”
The 100m final is estimated to have been watched by over 100 million people around the world. Many Londoners who couldn’t get the extremely expensive tickets for this final watched the competition o giant TC screens dotted around the |Olympic Park and in London’s Hyde Park.
Asked about comments made mostly by the media that he wouldn’t retain his Olympics champions the Jamaican racer answered: “I’m not concerned. I’ve said it from the start. People can talk; all they can do is talk. When it comes to the championships, it’s all about business to me – and I brought it.” Bolt’s next race is the 200m and he is highly expected to win that too.
Day Nine of the London 2012 Olympics saw Africa’s medal count rise to 14 with South Africa leading the continent with three gold and one silver medal. They are followed by Ethiopia which has two gold and one bronze; Kenya is third with one gold, two silver and one bronze medals; Egypt is fourth with one silver and Tunisia is last with one bronze.