Usain Bolt eclipsed 2012 London Olympics in a way that no one anticipated (video). Usain Bolt success story is an inspiration for not just Jamaicans but also billions of youth across the world
Usain ‘Lightning’ Bolt, the world’s fastest sprinter has left the London Summer Olympics with a dazzling performance. As it was expected by many analysts, the Jamaican track and field athlete has taken home gold in three major sprint events of the Summer Olympics; 100 meters, 200 meters and 4×100 metres relay. Usain Bolt’s 2012 London Olympics performance was the exact replication of his performance at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The well-built sprint athlete won gold medals in the same items at the Beijing Olympics four years back.
The Jamaican is the first athlete ever to hold both the 100 meters and 200 meters world records at a time. In 100 meters, Bolt currently leads the world with a 9.58-second performance at the World Championships 2009. In the same event in Germany, Usain Bolt ran 200 meters taking just 19.19 seconds. Bolt and team’s world record performance in the 4×100 metres relay took place at the just-concluded London Olympics 2012. The Jamaican squad that included Yohan Blake finished the relay in 36.34 seconds. Here we analyze each event that won gold medal for Usain Bolt in the Summer Olympics 2012.
100 meter in 9.63 seconds
In the 100 meter race of the London Olympics, Bolt superbly defended his gold title. He took only 9.63 seconds to finish the race in style and grandeur. Even if his compatriot Yohan Blake was predicted to haul up critical challenge to Bolt in the event, the sprinter finished the race with a blazing speed. The athlete started slowly, but rushed to the target in a record time. Blake could only reach the finishing point in 9.75 seconds. The United States’ Justin Gatlin finished third to win bronze in 9.79 seconds.
“It means I am one step closer to being a legend,” Bolt said after winning the gold in 100 meter race. “That’s just one step. I have the 200 (meters) to go, so I’m looking forward to that. The 100 is just one step in the door,” he added. Later, he also achieved gold medal from 200 meter at the Olympics.
200 meter 19.32 seconds
Usain Bolt became a legend as he could defend his gold title in 200 meter race as well at the London Olympics. The 200 meter race at the Olympics was entirely dominated by the Jamaicans. Behind Bolt, who finished the run in just 19.32 to win the gold medal, Blake completed the lap in 19.44 for the silver and Warren Weir did it in 19.84 seconds for the bronze medal.
After winning the gold in 200 meter, Bolt said that he became a legend. “It’s what I came here to do,” the sprinter told to The New York Times after the race. “I’m now a legend. I’m also the greatest athlete to live.”
4×100 relay in 36.84 seconds
The Jamaican 4×100 relay team led by Usain Bolt at the 2012 Summer Olympics set a new world record in London. The squad that included Blake, Nesta Carter and Michael Fraters besides Bolt finished the relay in just 36.84 seconds. At the London Olympics, the squad shattered the previous world record of 37.04 seconds from the same Jamaican team in South Korea in September 2011.