Sunday, August 5, 2012
Usain Bolt in 9.63 is London Olympic Champion in the 100 meters
By Mark Tronson with the Press Service International Media Team, London 2012 Olympics
Special to ASSIST News Service
LONDON, UK (ANS) -- Usain Bolt in 9.63 of Jamaica won the London 2012 Olympic final in the last 15 meters of the blue ribbon event on Sunday, August 5, 2012.
Compatriot Yohan Blake finished second in 9.75 and USAís Justin Gatlin 9.79 in third just pipping his fellow countryman Tyson Gay 9.80.
Seven of the 9 in the final ran under 10 seconds, which was really under eight as Asafa Powell stopped with a calf injury seventy meters in.
Moreover, Usain Bolt ran through to the tape without slowing at the end and didnít even look around as has been his usual practice which illustrated the pressure on him to perform after so much hype about his physical conditioning.
Blakeís second place, who beat Bolt in the Jamaican Olympic trials was the favorite under such circumstances but in the end, having witnessed the semi-finals, it was going to be Boltís day.
Moreover, Bolt has become only the second man in Olympic history to win the 100 meters two Olympics in a row after Carl Lewis in 1984 Los Angeles and 1988 Seoul (after Ben Johnson was disqualified for doping, losing the Olympic title).
It was the first time for many Olympic 100 meter finals that all three Americans reached the final.
The semi-final results were revealing with the first won by USAís Justin Gatlin 9.82 with the Netherlands Churandy Martina second and Jamaicanís Asafa Powell third.
The second semifinal saw Usain Bolt 9.87 (Jamaica) followed by Ryan Bailey (USA) and Richard Thomson of Trinidad.
The third semi-final Jamaicanís Yohan Blake 9.85 followed by USAís Tyson Gay and Britainís Adam Gemili in third whose time of 10.06 meant he missed out on the final with the slowest of the 3rd placed times.
Interestingly, had the Olympic 100 meters functioned under British Industrial Law (Olympic athletes are not unlike cricketers in that itís their business within trade laws) - Bolt would have been disqualified for wearing a religious symbol necklace. Recently a Christian woman lost her appeal after being sacked from British Airways for wearing such a symbol.
Dr. Mark Tronson is a Baptist minister (retired) who served as the Australian cricket team chaplain for 17 years (2000 ret) and established Life After Cricket in 2001. He was recognised by the Olympic Ministry Medal in 2009 presented by Carl Lewis, Olympian of the Century. He has written 24 books, and enjoys writing. He is married to Delma, with four adult children and grandchildren. Mark Tronson's archive of articles can be viewed at: http://www.pressserviceinternational.org/mark-tronson.html and his e-mail is: firstname.lastname@example.org
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